Edge of Everywhere

Quirkyalone: kind of dumb word, great philosophy

Posted on: September 12, 2008

I recently picked up Sasha Cagen’s book Quirkyalone at the library. I saw it in the section on relationships and sexuality and it caught my eye. I was pretty sure it was going to be a cheesy self-empowement book I didn’t need, but after I took the “Are you a Quirkyalone?” quiz on the first page and answered “yes” to all the questions, I kept reading. As it turns out, Cagen presents a refreshing, asexual-friendly, and totally not cheesy way of viewing life and relationships. Quirkyalones are independent, thoughtful, creative people who are happy being single and would much rather be alone with our awesome selves (and our awesome friends) than get hung up on dating and settle for a less-than-ideal relationship just for the sake of being with someone. There are even examples of people living happily in unconventional situations, like romantic couples with separate bedrooms and best friends who live together in a platonic partnership. The word “quirkyalone” kind of makes me cringe, and I can’t imagine going around calling myself that, but I’m glad to hear that it’s brought together a community of like-minded people.

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