How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency, by Akiko Busch
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.
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 savours the pleasures of being unseen.
How to Disappear 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.
“Busch’s exploration of her subject is free-associative, wide-ranging, and poetic in its own right…Busch offers a path to quiet dignity that is rich and enlightening.” - Publishers Weekly