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Isolarion By James Attlee

Isolarion
by James Attlee

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From a sojourn in a sensory-deprivation tank to a furtive visit to an unmarked pornography emporium, this work investigates each aspect of the Cowley Road's appealingly eclectic culture, where halal shops jostle with craft jewelers and nightclubs pulsate alongside quiet churchyards.
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Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey by James Attlee

"Isolarion" takes its title from a type of fifteenth-century map that isolates an area in order to present it in detail, and that's just what James Attlee does here for Cowley Road in Oxford. The former site of a leper hospital, a workhouse, and a medieval well said to have miraculous healing powers, Cowley Road has little to do with the dreaming spires of the tourist's or student's Oxford.From a sojourn in a sensory-deprivation tank to a furtive visit to an unmarked pornography emporium, the sharp-eyed Attlee investigates every aspect of the Cowley Road's appealingly eclectic culture, where halal shops jostle with craft jewelers and nightclubs pulsate alongside quiet churchyards.Drawing inspiration from sources ranging from Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Melancholy" to contemporary art, Attlee is a charming and congenial guide who revels in the extraordinary embedded in the everyday. "Isolarion" is at once a road movie, a quixotic stand against uniformity, and a rousing hymn in praise of the complex, invigorating nature of the twenty-first-century city.

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Isolarion Reviews


"A gem....James Attlee's scholarly, reflective and sympathetic journey up the Cowley Road... blends a vivid account of daily life, fluid and unsettling, in a modern British town with powerful allegorical reflections on the connections between past and present, time and space, and high culture and the hard scrabble world that sustains it." - Economist "The attraction, for Attlee, is that the Cowley Road 'is both unique and nothing special'; the resulting book is unique and very special.... Residents of East Oxford can be proud to have this eccentric advocate and eloquent explorer in their midst." - Geoff Dyer, Guardian "James Attlee grabs our hand and drags us down Cowley Road in Oxford, determined to prove that it is not a stuffy, medieval, Masterpiece Theatre town. All the messy glories of Cowley Road - pubs and porn shops alike - come to life in this work, which becomes a meditation on home and the nature of pilgrimage." - National Geographic Traveler "The fish-out-of water travelogue is a staple of the bookstore, but James Attlee... has set himself a different task: to be the fish, and to give a detailed description of the properties of the water.... Attlee's reading is deep and wide and engagingly circuitous, and this book frequently provides the delights of discovery that make any adventure worth undertaking." - Rebecca Mead, Bookforum "Attlee paints an iridescent picture of a new Oxford that no guide book has yet captured." - Richard B. Woodward, New York Times"

About James Attlee


James Attlee works in art publishing in London and is coauthor of Gordon Matta-Clark: The Space Between.

Additional information

GOR003793662
Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey by James Attlee
James Attlee
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2007-03-06
256
0226030938
9780226030937
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.