In America, the single life is seen as a sad, anti-social and temporary state, lasting only long enough for us to find the right partner with whom to strike up a loving relationship. In his book Single, Michael Cobb rallies to the defense of single people and goes on the attack against the dominion of coupledom. He detects a "wound" at the base of romantic relationship and writes that our negative attitude towards singles is toxic to both our culture and our relationships. Cobb joins Doug to make his case for the single life. (Rebroadcast)
Michael Cobb is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. His new book is called Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled. He's also the author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence.