Celebrated for its commitment to independence and fearless individualism, America in fact dismisses independent thinkers and nonconformists in favor of the team player, the company man, and the go-along-to-get-along mentality. This anti-intellectual mindset despises and discredits those who are solitary and reclusive.
While we look up to literary loners like Poe and Melville and Dickinson, the man in the street is a compulsive joiner of clubs, and herds from university frats to the Order of the Pink Goat.
To the contrary, this book is a paean vigorously endorsing America’s lone wolves, cultural hermits, and all such independent thinkers, solitary and marginalized figures, who are the cultural bedrock of the nation that detests them.
About the Author
Terry Reed (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) spent his college summers sailing Lake Michigan and cycling Europe. Since then, he's been writing, while perfecting the art of bachelordom and occasionally taking time out to keep the world safe for the dry Martini.
Over the years Terry has contributed over 330 invited articles to magazines and literary journals and has published several books, on topics ranging from Truman Capote to the Indy 500, plus the books Of Herds and Hermits: America’s Lone Wolves and Submissive Sheep (Algora Publishing, 2009), Book of Fools (Algora Publishing, 2013) and Bachelors Abounding (Algora 2016). He claims never to have worked a day in his life.
About the Book
America is a country of characters, many of them larger than life, many of them shrinking from life, and many tenaciously asserting their individuality even as they succumb to the weight of life.
Joiners are joiners on the tenuous assumption that they can function better in a mob than as individuals. If they are uncertain, unimaginative, unoriginal, unmotivated and unassertive, then they have ostensibly made the correct procedural choice. They can always be under the thumb of someone who is certain, imaginative, original, motivated and assertive. Most joiners travel in packs and are remarkably other-directed. Without human support from all sides, they are lost....
LC Classification: HM1276.R44 2008
Dewey code: 302.5'40973--dc22
BISAC: PHI026000 PHILOSOPHY / Criticism
BISAC: PHI000000 PHILOSOPHY / General
BISAC: HIS054000 HISTORY / Social History
Price: USD 23.95
Price: USD 33.95
Price: USD 23.95
• Book of Fools
— An Intelligent Person's Guide to Fops, Jackasses, Morons, Dolts, Dunces, Halfwits and Blockheads