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Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto Paperback – January 7, 2003
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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)
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If you are a loner, you might not care much for the opinions of others. Don't heed this review, in that case. I completely understand. I wouldn't in your shoes. But, know where I'm coming from. I normally would never say this about any book ever, but this is a book I could read, reread and never, ever tire from. It is that good.
As for actual content: It's very topical, each chapter organized around a term that Anneli then goes into detail describing. She discusses how loners have impacted/been impacted by those terms/topics and how non-loners traditionally view them. It is rife with anecdotes and rich story-telling over statistics, but this does not diminish the force of her arguments: Loners are here to stay, but loners are not going to march on Washington for our rights. We don't do that. Never will. Still, it's good to know for a non-loner that we aren't creeps, perverts, or serial killers (at least, the majority of us, but as Anneli continuously reminds us, the same goes for non-loners). We also don't hate people (again, most of us). We just prefer to be HIGHLY selective of who we choose to be around.
In all, a tour de force review of a part of society that will not cease to exist, but will almost never ever become the majority since we are simply not the ones who would like to have a hand in leading public opinion. That's not our way.
The one thing I do have to say for any 2015 and beyond readers is that, as of now, the book is 13 years old. As such, don't expect any hints of social media talk in the book. I do hope that some sort of revision of this manuscript could continually evolve to speak to loners in every age at every time, but that's a lofty hope.
Not entirely sure why I felt this way. Some force within me just compelled me to put this book down.