Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-delusion

Book - 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "From The New Yorker 's beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television." —Esquire "A whip-smart, challenging book."—Zadie Smith "Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time." —Vulture FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE'S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND HARVARD CRIMSON AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • Chicago Tribune • The Washington Post NPR Variety • Esquire • Vox • Elle • Glamour GQ • Good Housekeeping • The Paris Review • Paste • Town & Country • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • BookRiot • Shelf Awareness Jia 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. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780525510550
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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EljayJohnson
Aug 24, 2020

One excellent essay - "I Thee Dread" - but I found most of this retreads/obvious or uninteresting to me.

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onruss
Feb 10, 2020

Excellent book, compelling writing. I look forward to more by this author.

SPL_Brittany Feb 04, 2020

After months of waiting for this book, I can see why this book has created so much buzz in the publishing world. Jia Tolentino writes a compelling and engaging book of essays of cultural commentary that is both well written and rigorously researched. It was a fairly quick read due in part to her book as a compilation of essays, and her writing style.

I admit that in a few of her essays, I found that she was taking the reader down a rabbit hole, that while interesting, I found it lost the reader. Additionally, though well researched, I found she included too many facts and notes to support her argument that it also detracted from some of her essays and I felt that lost the main point of her argument.

While this book may not appeal to everyone, as it does include topics that could be trigger warnings for some (rape culture, etc), I feel that this book is good for book clubs as each essay offers much for discussion.

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TimbitOfColumbus
Feb 03, 2020

Loved this! Jia is an amazing writer and gave me so much to think about.

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Indoorcamping
Jan 25, 2020

When you’re young, you think you can do anything. You think you can write a book about your life as a cheerleader at a Christian school, experiences acting in a reality show, going deep in the meaning of Barre classes and the effects of social media. When you’re older, you know you can’t write like a New Yorker writer no matter how hard you try (and if you’re me you try and try and try but still the New Yorker writer in you doesn’t want to come out).

Instead of giving up, you now have a deep appreciation for New Yorker writers, and anyone who can write well-researched, deep and introspective, unusually opinionated and quirky ideas about things you also do and believe and experience. Instead of being jealous, your life is enriched. You can read books like this and benefit from the research written in beautiful language, think about things you never before noticed happening all around you, and reflect on your old, previously unexamined experiences and consider what you still might learn from them.

And mostly, you can be grateful there are writers like this one who, no matter how young, no matter what schools they went to, no matter what their lineage or circumstances, can touch your life so tenderly and ultimately make your brain hurt with their beautiful words.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 04, 2020

Maybe the best essay collection I read last year. Jia Tolentino writes for "The New Yorker" and covers a wide range of topics with verve and insight: social media, literary heroines, Fyre festival, the wedding industry, and the "Rolling Stone" article on a rape at UVA (her alma mater).

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selfishgiant
Dec 13, 2019

Globe 100 2019. Non Fiction. Canadian and New Yorker author tackles some of the biggest issues of our time with flair and humour.

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krsbozo
Nov 07, 2019

A group of essays by a young woman (young to me, anyway) who has lived her entire life online and ended up at the New Yorker. Quite a story. Helped me understand more what millennials have gone through. She is clearly a feminist, and I learned a lot reading her work. She is also quite literary, and I appreciate her use of allusions from books I have read, but she seems much more wide-read than me. Bookish. Young. Smart. A woman. All things I am not.

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tovaseltzer
Aug 21, 2019

Also fwiw the electricity involved in powering digital servers and the devices they feed into has a resource-burn footprint probably not uncompetitive with the paper industry

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kellybishop200
Aug 04, 2019

To user Yuhu: read this: https://kcls.org/blogs/post/publishers-decision-to-limit-ebook-access-is-bad-news-for-library-patrons/

(It's from KCLS, but SPL -- and all libraries -- are in the same frustrating predicament over e-book licensing). Trust me that libraries are doing the best they can right now, and it's not because they are out-of-touch. Publishers are.

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Oct 08, 2019

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