Published in 1981, Bachelorhood was Lopate’s personal experiences as an unmarried man in the big city. Specifically he explores four themes of bachelor life: relationships with women and love; the observer; friendship—with those both married and single; and the artist and thinking man. Entertaining, though provoking and occasionally even heartbreaking, Bachelorhood is a fantastic collection of essays.
In his collection of essays, memoirs and poetry, ``Lopate captures nicely the flavor of urban life among the young, single and gifted,'' wrote PW . These pieces, ``by turns funny, sad and moving,'' range from recollections of childhood to laments over the ``quiche blight'' on Manhattan's Columbus Avenue.