How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of TransparencyHow to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On Goodreads this book seems to have elicited a somewhat ambivalent response in a number of readers, a common criticism being that it was boring or tedious.

I did not find it so. It was for me, a read that required a number of pauses for contemplation, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed Chapter Six, At the Identity Spa. I took some time to investigate a number of the artistic works that Busch references and found that process enjoyable as well.

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The idea of privacy is intrinsic to the jardin secret. Possession, ownership and intimacy may all come into it, and it may be erotic, but not necessarily. Implicit in the jardin secret is that small personal histories need not be shared; that human experience and imagination are sometimes a matter of private intentions, actions, or rewards; and that social exchange and shared experience may also depend on having this deep well of privacy.

– Akiko Busch, How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency