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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 chases her motif, not so much a manifesto as a cri de coeur, through an assortment of perspectives: religion, advertising, clothes, crime, art, eccentricity, environment, literature, religion and popular culture. She also identifies "pseudoloners" like Theodore Kaczynski and Jesus Christ (who "was too good at guiding crowds to have been one of us"). There's an us/them tone to this book that makes one wonder who the audience might be. 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." Taken in column-sized doses, Rufus may be entertaining and informative, but her book feels as if too much random information has been cut-and-pasted together.
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"A founding manifesto for an organization of self-contained people.... A clever and spirited defense." -- Kirkus Reviews (January 1, 2003)See all Editorial Reviews
I am about a third of a way finished. I guess I did not like the style used by this writer. It felt like a rant, which takes away from the writers possible professional experience... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Chris M. Dreppard
Whenever I feel done for the day and just miserable that nobody understand why I am who I am, I get this book from under my pillow and read a little out of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EmuSeller
Rufus could be a poster child for elitist, hipster jerks who are constantly whining about how no one understands them because they are so unique and intense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TR
I am liking this book...I also bought the book "Quiet" by Susan Cain. I like them both, but Mrs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wixx
All loners should read this very well written book. It is packed full of quite accurate information. The author knows what she is writing about. Read morePublished 4 months ago by niedra
Very disappointed, especially because I decided not to continue with the Kindle purchase but it still went through. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C.K. from Michigan
As a confirmed introvert, I loved this book. I have it up on the bookshelf next to Quirkyalone... well, not too close. I have them on separate shelves.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews