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Fascinating book about "loners" - put in quotes because much of the book works to define loners vs. The book is broken down into I am not as much of a loner as the author, or as those she describes.
But being an somewhat eccentric introvert, I can certainly sympathize with such people. And even if I wasn't naturally inclined in Party of One : The Loners' Manifesto. Anneli Rufus. An essential defense of the people the world loves to revile--the loners--yet without whom it would be lost The Buddha. Rene Descartes. Emily Dickinson. Greta Garbo. Bobby Fischer. Salinger: Loners, all--along with as many as 25 percent of the world's population. Loners keep to themselves, and like it that way.
Yet in the press, in films, in folklore, and nearly everywhere one looks, loners are tagged as losers and psychopaths, perverts and pity cases, ogres and mad bombers, elitists and wicked witches.
Too often, loners buy into those messages and strive to change, making themselves miserable in the process by hiding their true nature--and hiding from it. Loners as a group deserve to be reassessed--to claim their rightful place, rather than be perceived as damaged goods that need to be "fixed.
Marshalling a polymath's easy erudition to make her case, assembling evidence from every conceivable arena of culture as well as interviews with experts and loners worldwide and her own acutely calibrated analysis, Rufus rebuts the prevailing notion that aloneness is indistinguishable from loneliness, the fallacy that all of those who are alone don't want to be, and wouldn't be, if only they knew how.
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Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto
In this compendium of everyone who was anyone who ever spent a moment alone, readers bump fleetingly into Kurt Cobain, French Resistance fighters, the Lone Ranger "Tonto notwithstanding" , Michelangelo, Alexander Pope, John Lennon, cowboys, Saint Anthony and other solo acts. Rufus, the books editor of East Bay Express , views Degas's plain-faced dancers as "pretty ballerinas" whom the artist leaves every time he exits his studio, and Warhol's biography as "tellingly titled Loner at the Ball. She also identifies "pseudoloners" like Theodore Kaczynski and Jesus Christ who "was too good at guiding crowds to have been one of us". The "us" people "do not need writers to tell us how lovely apartness is"; the "them" people will surely weary of being identified as "Nonloners. The world at large. The mob. During the Covid crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website.
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The Buddha. Rene Descartes. Emily Dickinson. Greta Garbo. Bobby Fischer.
PARTY OF ONE: The Loners' Manifesto
Fascinating book about "loners" - put in quotes because much of the book works to define loners vs. The book is broken down into I am not as much of a loner as the author, or as those she describes. But being an somewhat eccentric introvert, I can certainly sympathize with such people. And even if I wasn't naturally inclined in