Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
From one of the brightest young chroniclers of US culture comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics.
We are living in the era of the self, in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion. In these nine interlinked essays, Jia...more
I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, “I Thee Dread,” I literally started clapping and whisper screaming “oh my god, Jia really did that” and “ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarchal wedding industrial complex, we stan a self-aware icon.” Mind you, this fanboying took place while I sat alone on my couch in my apartment, where I’m typing this review right now. “I Thee Dread” serves both as an essay about ...more
I think there really is an inherent difference ...more
When I began Trick Mirror ...more
I really enjoyed listening to Jia read her book - (9 essays).
She’s bluntly insightful about the times we are living in without being preachy.
I admire the way Jia formulates her thoughts—brilliantly!
I became so curious about this magnificent woman, ( never knew of her until now), that I spent time listening to her YouTube interviews. I liked her even more!
There is something of value for everyone in this book.
I would have paid full price just ...more
The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent.
Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back.
The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enjoyed them.
Some of the essays cover some really well-worn ground at this point. Often, the context and asides are too heavy on research and info-dumping that isn’t fully relevant, or it’s just dull. Several times I ...more
Suffice to say that this is an audiobook that is packed to ...more
Jia Tolentino writes about many different things but always through a lense of feminism and internet culture – something I particularly adore as a feminist ...more
Yet... I personally feel oversaturated with input on our consumer and millennial culture. I am mostly lukewarm about her essays on the internet, reality tv, optimization, Ecstasy, and scamming. Finally though - her last three essays really struck a chord in me! I woke up ...more
Thank you Netgalley and 4th Estate for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.
An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure).
The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic.
For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired up about spending a few hours of my weekend revisiting several favorite parts of a book and writing a 5-star review.
I am grateful to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC.
unless that's just me deluding myself?! :o
review to come / 2.5 stars
Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion includes nine essays focusing on ”American identity, culture, technology, politics, and discourse”. Tolentino wrote the essays in 2017 and 2018. Reflecting on this period, Tolentino writes that ”throughout this period, I found that I could hardly trust anything that I was thinking. A doubt that always hovers in the back of my mind intensified: that whatever conclusions I might reach about myself, my life, and my environment are just as ...more
Tolentino’s whole schtick is to take things that are “underarticulated” and explain them more thoroughly. She’s that person in the meeting who hears the hint of an idea and then takes it and runs with it without ever having an original thought or contribution of her own. What’s even more frustrating it that the ideas are trite, and she doesn’t have a strong point of ...more