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A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton

Book cover for A Week at the Airport
Given unprecedented access to one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world - from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations - of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight - de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly.