Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
English | August 6th, 2019 | ISBN: 0525510540, 0008294933 | 320 pages | EPUB | 0.90 MB
A breakout writer at The New Yorker examines the fractures at the center
of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual
ferocity—for readers who’ve wondered what Susan Sontag would have been
like if she had brain damage from the internet.
“A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith
Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the
conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time.
Now, in this dazzling collection of nine
entirely original essays, written with a rare
combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into
the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled
stylistic potency and critical dexterity.
Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.