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Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled (Sexual Cultures)
by Michael Cobb
What single person hasn't suffered? Everyone, it seems, must be (or must want to be) in a couple. To exist outside of the couple is to assume an antisocial position that is ruthlessly discouraged because being in a couple is the way most people bind themselves to the social. Singles might just be the single most reviled sexual minorities today. Single: Arguments for the Un ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by NYU Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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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
Great topic but a bleak demonstration. It's very much a thesis and a bundle of research. Cobb's references are clever, although he has a hard time connecting with his reader and making many points. As other reviewers said, the momentum of the intro was great. Cobb should have continued this pace through the whole piece but the rest reads quite diluted.
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.
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.
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