Olivia Laing is a British writer of non-fiction about literature, art and landscape. She is the author of The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (2013) and The Lonely City (2016). She lives in New York.
A flowered planet
For all their intricate symbolic force, from the Paleolithic to today’s herbalism, plants are still a deep mystery to us
Me, myself and I
Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift