By By (photographer) Richard Baker By (author) Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The paintings of go back and forth comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the ingenious middle of our civilization.Given exceptional entry to 1 of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton came across it to be a show off for plenty of of the foremost crosscurrents of the trendy world—from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our international interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from everywhere and spoke with every body from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations—of every little thing from the poetry of room provider menus to the eerie silence in the course of the runway at midnight—de Botton has produced a unprecedented meditation on a spot that the majority folks by no means decelerate sufficient to work out in actual fact. Lavishly illustrated in colour via popular photographer Richard Baker, every week on the Airport finds the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and—yes—even attractiveness.
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The advantages of wealth can sometimes be hard to see: expensive cars and wines, clothes and meals are nowadays rarely proportionately superior to their cheaper counterparts, due to the sophistication of modern processes of design and mass production. But in this sense, British Airways’ Concorde Room was an anomaly. It was humblingly and thought-provokingly nicer than anywhere else I had ever seen at an airport, and perhaps in my life. There were leather armchairs, fireplaces, marble bathrooms, a spa, a restaurant, a concierge, a manicurist and a hairdresser.
Whatever the qualities of the Dimitra Residence, they were going to be critically undermined by the fact that he would be in the villa as well. He had booked the trip in the expectation of being able to enjoy his children, his wife, the Mediterranean, some spanakopita and the Attic skies, but it was evident that he would be forced to apprehend all of these through the distorting filter of his own being, with its debilitating levels of fear, anxiety and wayward desire. There was, of course, no official recourse available to him, whether for assistance or complaint.
When I smiled at them, hoping thereby to make them feel a bit more welcome, they came over to greet me and introduced themselves as the two most senior security officers in the building. In charge of training for the entire security staff at Terminal 5, Rachel and Simone regularly taught teams how to disarm terrorists and what positions to adopt in order to protect themselves in the event of a grenade being thrown. They also gave individual employees basic instruction in the use of semiautomatic weapons.
A Week at the Airport (Vintage International Original) by By (photographer) Richard Baker By (author) Alain de Botton