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How to disappear : notes on invisibility in a time of transparency

Author: Akiko Busch
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not about complacent isolation or senseless conformity, but about maintaining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Self-help publications
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Busch, Akiko.
How to disappear.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018036687
Named Person: Invisibility
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Akiko Busch
ISBN: 9781101980415 1101980419 9781101980422 1101980427
OCLC Number: 1035785943
Description: 207 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The invisible friend --
Orlando's ring --
Across the natural world --
Invisiphilia --
Invisible ink --
At the identity spa --
The anonymity proposal --
Rereading Mrs. Dalloway --
The vanishing self --
The geography of invisibility --
With wonder.
Responsibility: Akiko Busch.

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"It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not about complacent isolation or senseless conformity, but about maintaining identity, autonomy, and voice. In our networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been more alluring. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life--for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places, she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared to the way Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway finds a sense of affiliation with the world around her as she ages, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness. [This book] is a unique and exhilarating accomplishment, overturning the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness. Busch presents a field guide to invisibility, reacquainting us with the merits of remaining inconspicuous, and finding genuine alternatives to a life of perpetual exposure. Accessing timeless truths in order to speak to our most urgent contemporary problems, she inspires us to develop a deeper appreciation for personal privacy in a vast and intrusive world."--Dust jacket.

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