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Product Details

  • Series: Sexual Cultures
  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814772552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814772553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Searing, radical, playful, exquisite. This is singular, stunning work. Using the rhythms of banter, suggestion, and devilish claims, Cobb pits the brio, the grandeur of singleness against the deadening form of the couple. Prepare to be provoked by a book as beautiful as it is brilliant."-Kathryn Bond Stockton,author of The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century

"Single is impressive because its focus is original and discreet and so is his arguments which center heavily on details, at times even the use of single words or on an interpretation."-Metapsychology

"Although the book is deliberately provocative, with its evocations of the couple’s 'steely, enduring logic' and 'toxic emotional restraints,' it’s most helpful to see Cobb’s radical critique not as an ode to unattached monasticism but as suggestions for how the single perspective’s solitude, privacy, and freedom can open up vistas—even in the lives of the happily coupled."-Publishers Weekly

“Michael Cobb’s new book, Single, is, pun intended, one of a kind. The book’s main argument, that culture abhors a single, unfolds in an engaging way and is studded with beautifully rendered anecdotes, some of a personal nature. Single will be discussed and read for years to come.”-Jack Halberstam,author of The Queer Art of Failure

"The author offers a smart and stunning look at the 'moribund desperation' of coupledom."-Advocate.com

"Using the rhythms of banter, suggestion, and willful claims, even hyperbolic, assertive pronouncements, Cobb creates a unique vantage point from which to assess a remarkable topic, one he nearly makes his own.  Loneliness has been much discussed of late, but singleness has not, not in this way.  The result is an unforgettable mix of witty analysis of pop culture and a targeted dropping of deep, decisive anchors in a few canonical but unexpected texts.  Most impressive, therefore, is Cobb’s deployment of deft transitions that make his switches back and forth between and among discursive registers work—and matter.  With these artfully crafted links, Cobb guides the reader to each new perch.  And if there is a unifying style that paradoxically lubricates and glues together his dynamics, I would call it conversational lyric: a personal tone and direct engagement of the reader that slightly slips that bond to slant past where you thought that Cobb was holding you.”-Queer Theory

About the Author

Michael Cobb is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is the author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence, also published by New York University Press.

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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KC Port on November 24, 2012
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Although a very thoughtful book on the culture of relationships portrayed in various literary and pop culture sources, the book does not address what I thought it would - the complexities of being single and relating to a coupled up world. Way too much time is spent on addressing other aspects of our culture...polygamy, racism, implications of willing our possessions to our beloved, etc. Yeah...not what you would think from the title hmm? The author is obviously very knowledgeable and skilled in interpretting different literary works, but I felt like I was sitting through a college lecture on literary works instead of reading engaging thoughts on what being single means in a coupled up world. I'm not quite halfway through the book and was going to give a chance by sticking it out, but my time is valuable so I'm cutting my $10 losses and moving on.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lavinia Rodriguez on September 19, 2013
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Read like a scholarly book - perhaps that was the intent. However, I was hoping to read more of the author's own thoughts about the uncoupled without so much use of "supporting evidence" for his thoughts or beliefs (which were never clear). I was left wanting to know more of the author's beliefs and opinions sans the filler.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By john boyd on February 21, 2014
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I didn't realize I was suppose write a review. The book wasn't as good as the NPR radio interview made it out to be. However the delivery was very fast.
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