Monday, June 19, 2006

proud to be a quirkyalone

I just got and read a wonderful book called quirkyalone: a manifesto for uncompromising romantics by Sasha Cagen. The definition of quirkyalone, by the by is:
Quirkyalone: noun/adj. A person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers to be alone rather than dating for the sake of being in a couple. With unique traits and an optimistic spirit; a sensibility that transcends relationship status. Also adj. Of, relating to, or embodying quirkyalones. See also: romantic, idealist, independent.
I first stumbled on the quirkyalone website after finding the TO-DO LIST blog (a fun site you should check out, which is also apparently going to be made into a book in 2007). After reading a bit on this site i decided that quirkyalone definitely described me, and that i was proud to be one. Now, in case you are wondering, it is quite possible to be quirkyalone and to be in a relationship (called quirkytogether)--you just don't HAVE to be in a relationship to be happy.
Some famous quirkyalones throughout history: Eve (of Adam and), Siddhartha, Socrates, Rumi, Elizabeth I (one of my personal faves), Lucy Stone, Thoreau, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas (a perfect example of quirkytogethers), Virginia Woolf, Rosa Park, Helen Gurly Brown, Bessie & Sadie Delaney (Having Our Say: the Delaney Sisters' first Hundred Years), and Gloria Steinem. Emily Dickinson, it must be noted, was both quirky and alone, but not quirkyalone--we quirkyalones are sociable people.
Check out the site, check out the book, with us or against us it's a movement, it's fun, it's who i am!

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