Praise for Eric Klinenberg’s GOING SOLO

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Time Magazine’s #1 idea that is changing your life. TIME

“Trailblazing.” Vanity Fair

“This book will change our lives. So important that it is likely to become both a popular read and a social science classic.” Psychology Today

“Fascinating.” Wall Street Journal

“Going Solo … is causing a sensation, both for how it has shaken up our traditional notions of the single life and as a sociological breakthrough.”  Toronto Star

“Going Solo is really about living better together — for all of us, single or not.” Washington Post

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  • GOING SOLO: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (2012)

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  • FIGHTING FOR AIR: The Battle to Control America’s Media (2007)

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  • HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (2002)

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  • Air-Conditioning Will Be the End of Us

    TIME, Jul 17 — Trying to engineer hot weather out of existence rather than adjust our culture of consumption for the age of climate change is one of our biggest environmental blind spots. If you can’t stand the heat, you should know that blasting the AC will ultimately make us all even hotter. Let’s put our air conditioners on ice before it’s too late.

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  • How the Government Saved Lives in Moore, Oklahoma

    The New Yorker, May 28 — The United States invests far more in disaster recovery than in preparing for disasters by designing and creating more resilient buildings and infrastructure. As a consequence, we are trapped in a cycle of repeatedly rebuilding shoddy systems in predictably dangerous places.

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  • The Digital Divide in Emergency Management

    Spark, Apr 17 — Weather-related disasters are growing more common and more extreme, yet we’ve failed to update our emergency communications system for the challenge. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), more than one-third of all U.S. households have no landline, and in cities the proportion of residents who’ve abandoned landlines for mobile phones is even higher. But Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have failed to require the mobile phone industry to ensure that they have protocols for maintaining and restoring service during outages.

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  • Vivre Seul, Mais Pas Solitaire

    Le Monde Diplomatique, Feb 28 — The main themes of Going Solo, in French.

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  • Adaptation: Can Cities Be Climate-Proofed?

    The New Yorker, Jan 25 — For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities—protecting people, businesses, and critical infrastructure against weather-related calamities. Much of this work involves upgrading what engineers call “lifeline systems”: the network infrastructure for power, transit, and communications, which are crucial in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Some of the solutions are capital-intensive and high-tech; some are low- or no-tech approaches, such as organizing communities so that residents know which of their neighbors are vulnerable and how to assist them. Even if we managed to stop increasing global carbon emissions tomorrow, we would probably experience several centuries of additional warming, rising sea levels, and more frequent dangerous weather events. If our cities are to survive, we have no choice but to adapt.

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  • Is it Hot Enough For Ya?

    New York Times, Aug 29 — Climate change is hardly a seasonal issue, but summer is the only time of year when Americans and the news media regularly fix their attention on the everyday heat emergency that’s already altering life on our planet.

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  • Who Can Solve the Aging Boomers Crisis? Boomers

    TIME , May 8 — As the number of Americans over age 65 grows dramatically, it’s time to create affordable housing solutions for senior citizens.

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  • Facebook Isn’t Making Us Lonely

    Slate, Apr 20 — How the recent Atlantic cover story manufactures the myth of American loneliness.

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  • The Rise and Rise of Solo Live: A Forum

    The Guardian, Apr 1 — The number of people living alone has skyrocketed. What is driving the phenomenon? An essay by Eric Klinenberg, and solo dwellers Colm Tóibín, Alex Zane, Carmen Calli and others reflect on life as a singleton.

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  • TIME’s #1 Idea That is Changing Your Life: Living Alone Is The New Norm

    Time, Mar 12 — The extraordinary rise of solitary living is the biggest social change that we've neglected to identify, let alone examine. Consider that in 1950, a mere 4 million Americans lived alone, and they made up only 9% of households. Back then, going solo was most common in the open, sprawling Western states--Alaska, Montana and Nevada--that attracted migrant workingmen, and it was usually a short-lived stage on the road to a more conventional domestic life.

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  • The New York Times
    Oct 3: Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm

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  • Times of India
    Apr 17: Single, but Not Lonely

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  • The Economist
    Feb 28: The Rise of Solo Living: A Room of One’s Own

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  • NPR Morning Edition
    Jan 25: Neighborhood Connections Key to Surviving a Crisis

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  • The Daily Mail
    Jan 25: The Rise of the Sassy Singleton

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  • NYU Alumni Magazine
    Dec 6: Table for One

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  • Glamour
    Oct 10: Alone But Not Lonely

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  • The Globe and Mail
    Sep 20: How Do You House All Those People Living Alone

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  • The Economist
    Aug 29: The Attraction of Solitude

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  • Brain Pickings
    May 9: Going Solo: A Brief History of Living Alone and the Enduring Social Stigma Around Singletons

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  • The Guardian
    May 3: Going Solo: If we can afford to live alone, we do

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  • The New Republic
    Apr 18: Only the Lonely

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  • The New Yorker
    Apr 16: Why Are So Many Americans Single?

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  • The Atlantic
    Apr 12: Living Alone Really Is the New Shacking Up for Some Couples

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  • CBC
    Mar 25: CBC Radio, Sunday Edition

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  • Brown Alumni Magazine
    Mar 14: The Excesses of Individualism

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  • Brown Alumni Magazine
    Mar 14: Two’s a Crowd

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  • Upright Citizens Brigade
    Mar 8: The Benefits of Living Alone, As Told by the Upright Citizens Brigade

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  • The New York Times
    Mar 2: Homeward Bound: The Rise of Multigenerational and One-Person Households

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  • Microsoft Research Video
    Mar 1: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise And Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

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  • GOOGLE
    Sep 5: authors@google presents Going Solo

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  • HBO
    Apr 13: Real Time with Bill Maher

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  • PBS
    Mar 27: Newshour: Why More Americans Are Living Alone

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  • PENGUIN GROUP
    Feb 2: Going Solo

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  • C-SPAN
    Feb 6: After Words with Eric Klinenberg

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