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Party of One: The Loners' ManifestoParty of One: The Loners' Manifesto by Anneli Rufus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


(Rounded up from 3.5 stars)

Rufus has an axe to grind against forced socialization (she mentions her upbringing and unpleasant experiences with the Campfire Girls) and the characterization of serial killers and crazed gunmen as "loners." Those people are, she argues, outcasts, people who seek social validation but do not find it. Loners are people who prefer and seek out time alone and they rank among the most creative people. There are some good, smart ideas here, but they are unfortunately couched in some very angry writing and Rufus falls into an "us vs. them" mentality that does a disservice to praising and celebrating those of us who prefer and seek out time alone.



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