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Happy International Quirkyalone Day! Here's a brief round up of some of the activities that are taking place to commemorate our holiday . . .
The Women's Center at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln is hosting a card-making booth for International Quirkyalone Day. Individuals who visit the booth will be encouraged to visit the quirkyalone website and read the book to learn more about QA philosophy and way of life. Organizers in Maui have set up parties throughout the week on different parts of the island until Saturday. On IQD, look for them at the Fresh Mint Restaurant in Paia from 6 to 8 pm. They say "we will have at each event as is convenient Alone-time table, Make-your-own-quirkyalone-card-table, classic party games, International Quirkyalone Day cards, and a few fantasy imagination games to play too!"
Read below for where we will be in San Francisco tonight--at the Commonwealth Club and at Jack's.
Here's how people in Florence, Alabama, feel about Quirkyalone Day vs. Valentine's Day.
Click over to the message boards on quirkyalone.net for more local events in your area.
Posted by Sasha on February 14, 2007
Many of you have probably seen the headlines this week: 51% of Women Are Now Living Without a Husband. The unmarried are now officially the majority, among women. This Friday I'll be on KQED's Forum program (the Bay Area's top public affairs call-in radio show, our NPR affiliate) bringing the quirkyalone perspective to the discussion.
KQED is 88.5 FM. If you don't live in the Bay Area, you can still listen online at at hhttp://www.kqed.org/programs/program-landing.jsp?progID=RD19
and even call in at 866-SF-FORUM (866-733-6786). The show will go from 9 am to 10 am PT. Listen in! Call in to share your story! See you on the radio.
POSTSCRIPT: Listen to the archived show "Lower Marriage Rates and Being Single" here!
Posted by Sasha on January 18, 2007
Here's a recent interview about Quirkyalone on Orkut, Google's social networking site. Petrice Gaskin and I talked about the Quirkyalone TV show and the possibilities for a QA political movement.
Posted by Sasha on April 06, 2006
A very quirkyalone essay I wrote called "The X-Factor" (about the often-insane search for "the spark," "chemistry," or "magic" through online dating) is being featured in a new essay collection Before the Mortgage: Real Stories of Brazen Loves, Broken Leases, and the Perplexing Pursuit of Adulthood, releasing in April from Simon & Schuster.
Before the Mortgage is a collection of smart, funny essays on that odd "adultescent" period, post-college and pre-picket fence (will there ever be a picket fence?), covering everything from heinous temp jobs, to “fake dating,” to moving back in with your parents. Contributors include LA Times columnists Joel Stein and Meghan Daum, FOUND magazine's Davy Rothbart, and ReadyMade's Shoshana Berger, among others. Buy it, read it, love it: www.beforethemortgage.com.
"The X-Factor" is published in a shorter form in the April issue of Women's Health. Read the shorter piece here (PDF form).
Posted by Sasha on March 23, 2006
Write it in your calendar now. I'll be on KPIX-TV Channel 12 (UPN) in the Bay Area, 9:20am Sunday, April 2, for a live interview re: quirkyalone.
Posted by Sasha on March 08, 2006
In 2000 when the first quirkyalone essay was published, we estimated that five percent of the U.S. are QA. But that number may have to be revised upward--radically. A Pew Research Center report entitled "Romance in America" concludes, "Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners. Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently. About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months." For the full report, go here.
Posted by Sasha on February 16, 2006
Tune in to Los Angeles public radio KCSN 88.5 FM tonight February 14 between 6:45 and 7:00 pm. I'll be on talking about International Quirkyalone Day as a growing alternative to Valentine's Day. Anybody, anywhere, can listen online on http://www.kcsn.org.
I'll also be on AM770 CHQR radio in Calgary, Canada at 7:30 pm. And on KOMO 1000 News in Seattle, WA, sometime today (not sure when the story will air).
If you're in San Francisco, why not make the Pillow Fight part of your IQD celebration?
Posted by Sasha on February 14, 2006
I'll be on KRON 4 bright and early Sunday, February 12, at 8:50 AM on their morning talk show to talk about International Quirkyalone Day as a growing alternative to Valentine's Day.
Posted by Sasha on February 10, 2006
Sunday I was on Australia Radio National talking about my new to-do list blog and book project . . . and encouraging those of you in Oz to send me your lists. The interview starts with a discussion of lists in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity and then moves on to what makes a good list--the extent of its ambition? Or its ordinariness?
Listen to the MP3 file or the RealPlayer audio here. (Scroll through to the halfway point--about 29 minutes in--for the beginning of the to-do list discussion.) Check out some of the to-do lists we talked about here and send in yours . . .
I also couldn't resist plugging the upcoming quirkyalone party in Sydney.
Posted by Sasha on January 31, 2006
Wherever you are, and whatever holidays you celebrate, a happy day to you. Just in time, here's a present: a piece I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle (published today) about my (unsuccessful) attempt to use the holiday party season as a way to find a new boyfriend. Maybe that doesn't sound quirkyalone, but hey--quirkyalones look for love too.
Posted by Sasha on December 25, 2005
Check out the articulate (she sounds articulate, though I can't understand her language!) Danish publisher Valeria Richter on a Sunday morning talk program, Brunch, talking about the hot-off-the-presses Danish Quirkyalone and the QA movement in Europe. The difference between Denmark and the U.S.: this interview segment is seven minutes; in the U.S. three minutes is long!
Here's the Danish QA website www.quirkyalone.dk. I just got my copy of the Danish book in the mail; it's truly a work of art. They did just as good a job with the design in print as they did online. True collectors are advised to purchase one from overseas.
Posted by Sasha on December 13, 2005
While most of us are getting ready for Christmas, Chrismukkah, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa, here at quirkyalone.net, we're also thinking ahead to the NEXT big holiday--the fourth annual International Quirkyalone Day on February 14. Here are excerpts from an interview I did for happenmag.com, match.com's online magazine about love and relationships. I'll link to it when the piece is published, but here are some of the key facts to build anticipation and plans for celebrations in 2006.
1. How did you get the idea for International Quirkyalone Day?
I noticed there were plenty of anti-Valentine's Day parties in San Francisco, where I live, and many other cities--parties to drown your sorrows if you're single, or to say down with romantic love. But there was nothing positive. It's so easy to focus on what what you're supposed to have in order to create a perfect life, according to advertisers or television, and think that somehow if you have a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, or the perfect weight, or shoes, that somehow your life is going to be complete and you're going to be totally happy.
I was interested in creating a positive alternative on February 14. To celebrate the possibilities people have to be single today--to take your time, be yourself, and enter into romantic relationshps out of desire rather than social or economic obligation. Historically the freedom to be single is new, and it's especially a powerful development for women who in previous eras really had to marry in order to have any economic security.
It seemed totally natural and logical to make International Quirkyalone Day February 14, to put a positive spin on a day that has historically been a downer for single people. International Quirkyalone Day is not anti-Valentine's Day. It's NOT a pity party for single people. It's an alternative--a feel-good alternative to the marketing barrage of Valentine's Day and an antidote to the silicone version of love presented in shows such as Hooking Up and The Bachelorette. It celebrates true romance (as opposed to the fake versions presented to us in reality dating shows), independence, creativity, friendship, and all kinds of love--including love for yourself.
2. What sorts of responses have you gotten from people since the first year it was celebrated?
The response has been huge and grows with every year. It grew a LOT with the release of the hardcover Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics in 2004, and we expect it will grow even more this year when the paperback is released.
In 2005, IQD was celebrated in 24 cities: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Edwardsville, Illinois; Eldridge, Iowa; Houston, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Lynwood, Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; New Delhi, India; New York, New York; Norristown, Pennsylvania; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ontario, Canada; Owings Mills, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rock Hill, South Carolina; San Francisco, California; Sedalia, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; Sterling, Colorado; Sydney, Australia; Utica, New York; and Washington, DC. In years past, there have been parties in London, Glasgow, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Albuquerque, and St. Paul. The flagship parties have been in San Francisco and New York.
To check out the 2005 SF party, watch this short movie How to Start Your Own Holiday by me and my friend Kara Herold (who is at work on her own movie, Bachelorette, 34, and this MSNBC clip from "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."
Last year we played a Quirky Connection dating game with the audience in San Francisco--we play the game in a light, ironic way. You might make a love connection at an IQD party, but you might also find meet a new friend, make a card, sit at the alone-time table, play a party game, or just find someone fun to talk to for the night. We promote a NICE, friendly vibe, as opposed to many parties and bar scenes where strangers are too shy to interact.
What's cool about Quirkyalone Day is that people celebrate it in their own unique ways. In Eldrige, Iowa, a woman organized a quirkyalone party at her library and invited a minister to come talk about her solo travels throughout the world. In Baton Rouge, a group of quirkyalone friends sang karaoke. North of Seattle, the bookstore manager at Barnes & Noble organized a quirkycrafts party at her store.
Here's a story about the Eldredge, Iowa IQD party in the heartland: "Jumping on the national Quirkyalone bandwagon, the Scott County Library in Eldridge will be bucking the standard 'hearts and flowers' occasion with a special program from 6 to 8 p.m. Pastor Jane Granzow of Calvary Lutheran Church in Buffalo will talk about her world travels. There will be special activities in addition to displays of books geared toward individuals secure in their oneness."--from The North Scott Press, Scott County's Weekly #1 News Source
Here are party photos from 2003, 2004, 2005.
3. How do you think Quirkyalone Day has helped people? What need does it fulfill?
The sense of isolation that single people feel on Valentine's Day can be intense. It's important to create a space that brings single people together--and not in a desperate, speed-dating, oh-my-god-I-have-to-find-a-mate-way, or in a way that disses the whole concept of romantic love. Just because you're single, you don't have to be bitter.
4. What is your main complaint with Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day is a big marketing push to get people (often men) to spend money on expensive objects to prove their love. There's not a lot of thought or creativity that goes into these purchases, and they whole marketing hoopla creates an environment of insecurity--did I do enough? Did I buy her the right thing? Was our sex sexy enough tonight? Couples are often looking for an alternative to the sickly sweet cliches of Valentine's Day, and IQD is here for them too.
Quirkyalone Day is an invitation to create a great day for yourself, whatever that means to you (and your partner if you have one and choose to celebrate with him or her). It's a day to celebrate the things you love to do alone and the things you love to do with your friends. Ways to celebrate include: throwing a dinner party, buying yourself new underwear, rearranging your furniture, taking a long walk without your cell phone, exploring a new part of town, organizing a card-making party, making a new recipe.
5. What would you say to someone who thinks alternatives to Valentine's Day are for losers?
Everyone goes through single periods, and most everyone will spend a Valentine's Day single. Why shouldn't there be a holiday for us too?
6. I like that you include "quirkycouples" too. How much of a
response have you gotten from couples who value their own alone time?
Quirkytogether couples come to IQD parties because it can feel more liberating than traditional, cliche Valentine's Day activities like a romantic dinner.
7. Any special events planned for 2006 that you'd like to share?
The paperback version of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics will be released in January 06, so there will be more media attention and the concept will spread. IQD in 2006 should be the biggest yet. People should check on quirkyalone.net for a downloadable party pack and tips on how to throw their own quirkyalone party.
8. Anything else that you'd like to include?
Don't give in to the prevailing brainwash that you have to be in a relationship to be happy. If you rely on a partner for all your happiness, you won't be happy when you are partnered up anyway--you'll be too obsessive and dependent on your partner. Take this February 14 to discover what you uniquely love to do, and create a great day for yourself. One place to start: buy yourself a bunch of daisies. Daisies, being very natural and cheerful, are the official flower of the quirkyalone movement.
9. I'll need your age and title (however you'd like to be credited)
I'm 32, a writer, editor, and writing teacher, and the founder of the quirkyalone movement. I'm originally from Rhode Island, and I live in San Francisco.
There are more single-resident households now in the U.S. than traditional nuclear family households (defined as two parents living with their biological children). Yep, the Census Bureau confirmed this in an August report, adding that singles especially dominate in cities such as Denver, New York City, San Francisco, and St. Louis. For the full report and stats, go to this Census report. Here's an LA Times story on the subject, "Home Alone: Households of Singles Go to First in U.S." quoting yours truly, and a Boulder Daily Camera news story "Living alone now more prevalent than 'nuclear family.'"
Posted by Sasha on November 21, 2005
From the 10/26 Sydney Morning Herald, "I Want to Be Quirkyalone": The worst thing about buying self-help books is getting past the cashier. You're admitting to a stranger that you are having an existential crisis, reeling from relationship turmoil or about to go on a fad diet.
So it was when I chanced upon Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics by US writer Sasha Cagen while holidaying in Boston. How to smuggle such an embarrassing title out of the bookshop, short of setting off the security alarm? Stoically, I approached the counter where the saleswoman flashed me an empathetic smile. Crisis over.
A tip: buying self-help books is easier when you're away from home.
Something about this hardcover had grabbed me. Published last year, it coins a new term to describe a contemporary type of soul-searching single: the quirkyalone.
And here is the Sydney Morning Herald's quite alluring cover image for the story.
Posted by Sasha on October 26, 2005
Census figures show the median age of first marriage is 27 for men and 25 for women nationwide; in Utah it is 24 for men and 22 for women. But not everyone is married, even in Salt Lake City, according to this Salt Lake City Tribune article, about quirkyalones in the Mormon mecca.
Posted by Sasha on October 20, 2005
That sounds very racy, doesn't it? But there's no nudity. Last year Canada's documentary program SEX-TV interviewed me and a fellow quirkyalone-movement-builder for their program. They also took a lot of shots of San Francisco's beautiful Dolores Park. Watch the clip here.
Check out the July issue of SHAPE, yes, the women's exercise magazine, for a full-page spread quoting Quirkyalone on the joys of alone-time and independence.
Posted by Sasha on July 22, 2005
I've done a lot of labor-of-love projects in my life. This is an opportunity to actually get paid for one of them. But I need your help!
My friend Kara Herold and I made a short movie about International Quirkyalone Day (Feb. 14) that has been selected as one of 10 finalists in an online contest sponsored by INdTV, a new cable network started by Al Gore and others, due to launch later this year as a news and information channel.
The movie is about International Quirkyalone Day as a growing alternative to Valentine's Day. It includes footage of this year’s SF quirkyalone party, interviews with people about how they celebrate IQD, and media coverage of the quirkyalone movement.
Now the winner will be decided by vote. If we win, we get $15K, which would obviously be fantastic! Please help us get there!
To watch the movie and vote, go here.
Our piece is called "How to Start Your Own Holiday." (Look for the overwhelming display of pink and red Hallmark cards with a Quirkyalone book in the middle.)
INdTV is a new independent cable network aimed at the 18-34 market. The founders include Al Gore. Their stated goal is to democratize television by inviting their viewers to contribute content and to create a two-way relationship with their audience.
For Bay Area readers: INdTV will throw a block party on Monday, April 4, at 6:30 pm across from SBC Park in San Francisco to announce the winner of the contest and a new name (apparently they won't be called INdTV when the network launches). Spearhead and Michael Franti will play at the event, among other musical artists.
To request a ticket, go here.
Thanks for your support!!! Extra special thanks to everyone who appears in the video and helped, esp. Jeff Ray, Sara Cambridge, Howard Ryan, Regina Gelfo, and Amanda Scotese, and the bands who gave us permission to use their music, including local bands Gold Chains and hey willpower.
Posted by Sasha on March 17, 2005
Check out this recent TIME magazine article “The Bachelorette Who Set Us Free” about the surprising season finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette. "Jen, 28, was expected to choose a man who might one day become her husband, she ended up turning down everyone and leaving the show alone." The author goes on to cite quirkyalone: "Better quirkyalone than unhappy together."
Quirkyalone was also cited in the recent TIME cover story on so-called "twixters": their term for twentysomethings betwixt and between adolescence and adulthood. "If twixters are getting married later, they are missing out on some of the social-support networks that come with having families of their own. To make up for it, they have a special gift for friendship, documented in books like Sasha Cagen's Quirkyalone and Ethan Watters' Urban Tribes, which asks the not entirely rhetorical question Are friends the new family?" Read more here.
Posted by Sasha on March 16, 2005
Tune in tonight to MSNBC-TV at 8 pm ET for a news segment on International Quirkyalone Day as a growing alternative to V-Day. The piece airs on to "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." According to the MSNBC website, "Keith takes you to a unique and quirky Valentine's day celebration that you really have to see to believe."
The Countdown website posted their IQD story (about those who do not even recognize V-Day--and instead celebrate their own holiday) on their site. View the segment here.
Posted by Sasha on February 14, 2005
From USA Today: ""I've spent most of my life single," Melissa Kirk, 34, a book editor who recently bought a house in Richmond, Calif. "So it's gotten to the point where I don't worry how other people think."
International Quirkyalone Day (and the people who celebrate it) are featured in this story about how in "today's coupling-at-all-costs culture" staying happily unmarried is still viewed with puzzlement and suspicion.
From the Allentown, PA Morning Call: "Anti-Valentine's Day events and Web sites have sprung up in the last decade faster than pimples on a love-struck teenager's face. Many have focused on doing things to mock love and the lovesick. Wear a black armband. Watch horror movies. Listen to angry music.
More recently, though, a concurrent notion has blossomed to address the holiday not by scorning it, but by redefining it as a time for celebrating The Greatest Love of All: Yourself. This alternative observance is awkwardly dubbed International Quirkyalone Day, or IQD, and it has spread as far Sydney, Australia."
To read more, go here.
Posted by Sasha on February 07, 2005
Quirkyalone will be featured on ABC News NOW today at 4 pm PT, 7 pm ET. ABC NEWS NOW is the digital cable/internet branch of ABC News. This a paid service, but like Salon, ABC offers a free 14-day pass; so you should be able to watch this streaming video clip for free.
We love this story from the heartland: "Jumping on the national Quirkyalone bandwagon, the Scott County Library in Eldridge will be bucking the standard 'hearts and flowers' occasion with a special program from 6 to 8 p.m. Pastor Jane Granzow of Calvary Lutheran Church in Buffalo will talk about her world travels. There will be special activities in addition to displays of books geared toward individuals secure in their oneness."--from The North Scott Press, Scott County's Weekly #1 News Source
Read more about quirkyalone in Iowa! Here's a great picture of reserve librarian Michele Clearman, the organizer of the event.
Posted by Sasha on February 03, 2005
Check out a short sample of the IQD movie! This is just a teaser of the full piece, which will be done by March 1, complete with footage from the SF IQD III party. This project is a collaboration between me, Sasha Cagen, and Kara Herold, maker of Grrlyshow, a movie on girl zines. For more on Kara's work, go here.
Posted by Sasha on February 02, 2005
Look out for the charming new online magazine Annabelle. In its fifth issue, the editors have focused their attention on all things "Modern Love," and included an essay entitled "Confessions of a Quirkyalone." There's also a rather hilarious picture of someone reading the Quirkyalone bible on a park bench.
Posted by Sasha on May 17, 2004
The good word continues to spread in Britain with this piece in "This is London."
Posted by Sasha on May 16, 2004
Due to popular demand, Quirkyalone is hitting bookstores in Australia this month. If you live in Australia and haven't been able to find the book yet, here's some help--a link to online retailers and real-life bookstores where the book is sold.
Posted by Sasha on March 15, 2004
Here it is, a list to end all lists of local and national stories that have run within the last few months on Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics and the groundbreaking holiday movement it has spawned. Thanks to everyone who sent in links, especially from newspapers in small towns that we might not have seen on our own.
Some of our more favorite pieces:
Boston Phoenix, Feb. 13
Detroit Free Press, Feb 12, 2004
Fort Worth Star Telegram, Feb. 11
The Grand Rapids Press, March 14
Monterey County Herald, Feb. 13
Seattle Post Intelligencer Feb. 4
Seattle Weekly, Feb. 4
Our least favorite:
New York Post, Feb. 12
In which a reporter concocted her own story about internecine warfare in the quirkyalone community
Winner, Best Headline
Miami Herald, Feb. 14
Winner, Most Excruciating Headline
Toronto Star Feb. 14
And a whole lot more:
Albuquerque Tribune, Feb. 13
The Australian, March 12
Baltimore Sun, Feb. 1
Bangor Daily News, Feb. 14
BBC, Jan. 30
Belfast Telegraph Feb. 14
Canadian Broadcast Website (antiquirkyalone article)
Cleveland Plain Dealer Feb. 14
ICWales, National Website of Wales, Feb. 14
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 16
London Observer, Jan. 31
London Sunday Times, Feb. 28
Louisville Courier Journal, Feb. 6
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Feb. 12
Montreal Gazette, Dec. 20
Montreal Mirror, Jan 15
Nashua Telegraph (quiz), Feb. 10
New York Post, Feb. 14
NPR Day to Day, Feb. 3
Providence Journal, Feb. 11
San Antonio Express News, Feb. 10
San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 8
Santa Cruz Sentinel, Feb. 8
Sioux-City Journal, Feb. 5
St. Petersburg Times, Jan. 29
Syracuse Post-Standard, Feb 12, 2004
Time Out New York
USA Today, Jan. 8
USA Today (the essential article about cartoon character "Cathy" getting married), Feb. 11
USA Today Online Chat Transcript, Feb. 13
Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 12
Attention European QAs: The good word is spreading across the Atlantic and will soon be in a magazine near you. This March, Italian readers can find an essay on quirkyalone in Italian Marie Claire; British readers can read up on the origins of the word in the April issue of YOU; German readers can find enlightenment in the May issue of the women's magazine Petra; and Dutch readers can find the Amsterdam perspective in a forthcoming issue of Carp*. Meanwhile, later this spring, Canadian viewers can tune into SEX-TV, a documentary program that explores "sex and its ever-present connections to fashion and physiology, language and lifestyle, Eros and erudition" for interviews on the womb and born-again quirkyalone perspectives. Stay tuned for the Polish take and more.
Posted by Sasha on March 11, 2004
A LOT of newspaper stories on quirkyalone ran from coast to coast, in Ireland, England, Germany, and Australia in recent weeks. (More than fifty at last count.) We're compiling a list for the press page (thanks to all of you who have been sending in errant URLs for stories we may have missed). Stay tuned for a complete list. For now, here's one piece from a fellow zinester at the San Diego alternative weekly. Noel Reed did a nice job on the tale of QA's journey from being a personal essay in an independent magazine to international MOVEMENT. Noel wrote in: "I apologize for the headline! My editor decided to change what I'd written to make it more Valentine's-issue relevant. I didn't get into the difference between 'quirky' and 'alone' and 'quirkyalone,' so he didn't know."
Posted by Sasha on March 03, 2004
USA Today will sponsor an hour-long online discussion on the QA nation this Friday, 1 p.m. ET. Please spread the word! You can also submit questions in advance.
Posted by Sasha on February 11, 2004
Finally, a piece that acknowledges QA is more than a trend. Here's a great recap of the quirkyalone movement as it stands in 2004, published in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. Journalists and others seeking a summary of what's going on, the Star-Telegramarticle is highly recommended. Here is another great article from the lone star state, publiished in the San Antonio Express News.
Lately it feels like all I’ve been doing is speed-dating the media. Here are some of the stories that have come out as a result of all this mad gabbing on the phone. Stay tuned for an onslaught of press as we get closer to International Quirkyalone Day, Feb. 14! All these articles are fabulous, but it can be hard to explain QA in a soundbite. I heartily invite those who are new to the concept to go straight to the source: Read the original essay and/or the book!
And one request to reporters: please check facts with me that you find in articles before using them in your story. Life can be like a game of telephone, and the facts that are printed are not always correct.
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
NPR Day to Day
Sioux City (Iowa) Journal
Posted by Sasha on February 05, 2004
Keeping track of the press attention on QA could be a full-time job -- what a perfect activity for someone slugging through another full-time job. We at QA headquarters are continue to be blown away by Sasha's dexterity in handling the sometimes dubious talking heads (while we love that Anderson Cooper recognized the cultural import of the QA, we wonder whether he really grasped the concept.) Here is a quick look at the past few weeks of media limelight...
Satisfied singlehood is becoming chic, according to USA Today.
San Jose Mercury News article on the phenom.
The Urban Dictionary, only a short skip to the eventual OED entry.
Listen to Sasha's talk at Grace Cathedral's Forum on Sunday, January 11th.
Also in the works: piece on NPR's nationally syndicated show, "Day to Day", San Francisco Chronicle profile, and CNN Headline News appearance TONIGHT at 5:10 Pacific Time/8:10 Eastern time. Who knew CNN would be at the forefront of the Q.A. publicity machine?
Posted by Reyhan on January 13, 2004
Did you catch quirkyalone on The View?? Tuesday morning was a highly satisfying intervention in popular culture. Washington Post styles writer Hank Stuever was on the show discussing the newspaper's annual "in and out" list for 2004. According to Stuever, iron-haired bachelorettes whose sole purpose in life is to get married are out. Quirkyalones are in! Yes!
Posted by Sasha on January 12, 2004
The author is extremely excited to appear on ABC's Soap Talk, a talk show in which she will be interviewed by Lisa Rinna from Days of Our Lives and Ty Treadway from One Life to Live. Look for this episode in February around International Quirkyalone Day.
About or mentioning quirkyalone
New York Times, November 30, 2003 (Note that the author was NOT "thoroughly messed up" by The Rules)
USA Today, November 13, 2003
Sunday Times London, October 19, 2003
SFGate.com, Friday, July 18, 2003 Note: This one is the best overview.
SFWeekly, February 19, 2003
CNN.com, February 17, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle, February 14, 2003 Note: The author did not attend Sarah Lawrence College either.
Invisible Ink Radio. February 23, 2003 (Scroll through the archives to show #8.)
Beth Lisick's Buzz Town, February 21, 2003
About To-Do List
San Francisco Examiner, October 15, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2000
The antiquirkyalone movement
The New Yorker, December 2003
photos of actual quirkyalones featured in the book
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