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Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg
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Jul 04, 2012

it was ok

Everything this says Walden says better;
Walden says everything better than this.

Okay, not really, but the book is a bloated and repetitive report about individual living, and while I find the championing of solitude, its rebuttal to the far-off claim that individual life compromises civic engagement, and the well-earned weariness of romantic commitment very refreshing, it's more of a reminder of that which is self-evident than a true eye-opener. Going Solo is great for people who judge family members for living alone, people who debate living alone, or folks about to live alone and are frightened of it. But if you're already clued into the benefits of "going solo," this book feels vastly overstated (yes, that includes both the very scary parts about getting old and watching one's self die, and somewhat-contrived shoehorning of policy and current events into its ramshackle third act). Read it if you're on the fence about "going solo" in actuality or principle, but if you're just looking for a little confirmation bias therapy, it's a little redundant.

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