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Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single must be in search of a partner
Paperback, 227 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by NYU Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Karli
This is a book that answers back to "a world slavishly devoted to the supremacy of the couple." Cobb promises to explore an "aesthetics of distance" rather than intimacy, and offers lucid and insightful arguments for the single life in a world that is saturated with new media and technology, commodity fetishism, and economies of desire, which are all built to encourage couple and family models. He is very careful to parse the difference between loneliness and aloneness and traces how our society ...more
Morgan
This book was more like arguments against the coupled, but it suited me just fine for a pre-Valentines read. He makes some very good points, though I feel some he belaboured a bit.
Gabriel C.
I'm going to complain that this was false advertising. I feel like the thesis, or rather central idea, was such a gossamer confection that any books or painters or landscape could have been tied to it. I mean, that's the nature of the beast, but I guess I was expecting this to be some sort of practical or social-scientific document, not a post-modern polemic.
Michelle
Sadly, my brain is too rotted to read this, I couldn't even get through the whole introduction, nor subsequently the first chapter. This is an academic, philosophical, intellectual book that constantly references literature, film etc., which wasn't what I really expected or wanted. But more to the point, I'm just no longer smart enough to read this.
Stephen Durell
The intro was great. The rest of the book was more academic than I was looking for.
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