what this one learned reading “going solo” by eric klinenberg

• New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Fransisco represent the whole of America.
• It apparently costs >$1500/mo to rent a tiny, crappy single-bedroom apartment in New York. Holy crap.
• The only ones worth interviewing about being a ‘singleton’ (ie, lives alone, not necessarily single) are the upper-crust (self-made CEOs and such), the lowest of the low (druggies stuck in SROs), and very old folk who struggle just to get out of bed to reach their walker.
• Speaking of old folk, their choices are basically struggle alone, nursing home that’ll neglect and abuse them, or pay $50-100k/yr for a facility that’ll give a crap about the elderly.
• If you die alone, some people come over and pick through all your relics looking for contact info for a relative or a friend. If they can’t find anyone to claim your corpse, they take and cremate you, sitting on it for several months and if still no one says “hey this is my great-grandma/best friend/etc” they take your ashes along with hundreds of other unclaimed people and bury them in an unmarked grave together. Ow…
• There’s an entire chapter discussing why Sweden (especially Stockholm) is the best place for singletons, whereas America is one of the worst. In summary: Sweden loves its citizens, America loves money. And clinging to the past.


Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

One thought on “what this one learned reading “going solo” by eric klinenberg”

  1. having a hard time relating to the videos with this……course not as “deep” as you. The negative stuff you wrote about nursing homes etc, is why u need to stay close to someone……..family member ,etc

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