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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single must be in search of a partner

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Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Bitter Table for One 11 The Inevitable Fatality of the Couple 412 The Probated Couple, or Our Polygamous Pioneers 693 The Shelter of Singles 1054 Welcome to the Desert of Me 157Notes 203Index 217About the Author 227

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Michael Cobb is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is the author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence, also published by New York University Press.


"Searing, radical, playful, exquisite. This is singular, stunning work. Using the rhythms of banter, suggestion, and devilish claims, Cobb pits the brio, the grandeur of singleness against the deadening form of the couple. Prepare to be provoked by a book as beautiful as it is brilliant." Kathryn Bond Stockton, author of The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century "Although the book is deliberately provocative, with its evocations of the couple's 'steely, enduring logic" and "toxic emotional restraints,' it's most helpful to see Cobb's radical critique not as an ode to unattached monasticism but as suggestions for how the single perspective's solitude, privacy, and freedom can open up vistas - even in the lives of the happily coupled." Publishers Weekly, June 2012

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