Self-reliant, each loner swims alone through a social worlda world of teams, troops and groupsthat scorns and misunderstands those who stand apart. Everywhere from newspapers to playgrounds, loners are accused of being crazy, cold, stuck-up, standoffish, selfish, sad, bad, secretive and lonelyand, of course, serial killers. Loners, however, know better than anyone how to entertain themselvesand how to contemplate and to create. They have a knack for imagination, concentration, inner discipline, and inventiona talent for not being bored.
Too often, loners buy into society's messages and strive to change, making themselves miserable in the process by hiding their true natureand hiding from it. In Party of One, Anneli Rufus delivers a long-overdue argument in praise of loners. Assembling evidence from diverse arenas of culture, Rufus recognizes loners as a vital force in world civilization rather than damaged goods who need to be "fixed." A compelling, morally urgent tour de force, Party of One rebuts the prevailing notion that aloneness is indistinguishable from loneliness, and that the only experiences that matter are shared ones....Continua