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Trick Mirror Reflections on Self DelusionI feel awful terrible giving Such A Review Because a low review because so so so excited for this to the oint where I refused to read any Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina press so I could have aure unmediated experience but only like 3 of the essays in here were good the ones where she reflects on her own life Which is funny because I used to get kind of annoyed at the way she would unnecessarily drop in details about her life into unrelated articles la girl who went to Barthelona I think there really is an inherent difference between the kind of writing you do for the Internet thinkpieces cultural criticism tied to news cycles and importantly to deadlines vs the kind of writing that deserves to be rinted and importantly to deadlines vs the kind of writing that deserves to be rinted a book 4 of these essays were essentially just saying things everyone knows by uotingrearrangingsummarising a lot of secondary sources very lukewarm takes on feminism and modern life that don t rovoke thought as much as make you go yeah lol Like maybe the target demographic is eople who don t know these things I agreed with it all way too much to the oint where I was wondering why I was even reading this like 10% of the book is unfortunately just summarising extremely well known narratives like the birth of Facebook we ve all watched the social network 10 times baby which while I understand is necessary for her to be able to then make her oint about said narrative is to me ultimately totally redundant because i agree with and have already independently thought the same things about the narrative So who is this book for Surely readers of The New Yorker also know these things Anyways I never thought i d say this but yes Jia Tolentino lease tell me about your year in Kyrgyzstan Here is who I recommend this book for Anyone who has been in a coma for the last ten to fifteen years a erson who just discovered the internet or erhaps only recently learned how to read someone over the age of 70 or under the age of 10 who has a suddenly discovered interest in small and generally feminist happenings of recent yearsEveryone else you re robably coveredThere is nothing much new hereThis 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens pains me to say because I like Jia Tolentino a lot I enjoy her New Yorker articles Is this just a way for me to brag about reading the New Yorker You tell me I like her voiceBut I did not care for this book much at allAlmost without exception there is not a single essay in this book that has not been extensively covered already in TV shows and thinkpieces and books and arti A bit of a mixed bag Highlights 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 Theersonal experience essays Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough I enjoyed them DownsidesSome of the essays cover some really well worn ground at this Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture 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 felt like I was waiting around for theoint to emerge We Come From Old Virginia and sometimes there was no thesis at all Pure Heroines A few essays and sections simply failed to catch my interest I like Tolentino but I think I Gläsern prefer her ideas in shorter form and fully distilled I d read Jia Tolentino s grocery lists if she let me I really enjoyed this actually even though any collection of essaysstories tends to be uneven Irobably also enjoyed it since it said a lot of things that I already agree with or thought to begin with I tend to just like being reaffirmed in my view Detention of Doom point what can I say I really didn t enjoy the essay on drugs and religion and spiritualism very much I did enjoy the ones on feminism a little like the ones examining the way lodging any criticism at any woman becomes grounds for calls of sexism I liked the undercurrents of the fragility of identity and the ideas abouterforming an identity that went hand in hand with the idea of commodification of the self I enjoyed that there was context brought to each of the essays though maybe at times it felt a little excessive like other readers have mentioned in their review lots of excerpts from books the list of items of almost made me ut the book down Personally liked it but I think if you go into this expecting some kind Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay s Bad Feminist which I loudly do not like B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading I remain unrepentant because those essays are extremely bad but I do acknowledge that I am only a combination of my life s influences I grew up solidly middle class I am a cis het woman and a Jew of European heritage I went to a good liberal arts college and white American intellectual values are the waters in which I have always steeped So erhaps when I say something utterly subjective like those essays are extremely bad I do only mean that they re bad to me and if I were a ueer black woman like B raised and taught 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 har. Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) profiled on Elle interviewed on the Paris Review and reviewed on Vanity Fair see her foodicks on Grub Street her skincare routine on In the Gloss and her dog on Jezebel I could go onBut you re here so go ahead and listen to me talk about this book some To wit In one essay she writes about how the internet has fundamentally reoriented the truth so that what s important now is only what s important to me The everyday madness erpetuated by the internet ositions ersonal identity as the center of the universe In another she dissects the erpetual burden of being an ideal woman in the days of self optimization managing to tie together chopped salads the erfect mid day nutritional replenishment for the mid level modern knowledge worker Barre classes the rapid fire series of ositions and movements resemble what a ballerina might do if you concussed her and then made her snort caffeine ills and athleisure tailor made for a time when work is rebranded as leasure so we will accept of it She writes explosively about the harrowing history of racism and rape at the University of Virginia her alma matter linking the recent ill fated and retracted Rolling Stone iece about fraternity rape all the way back to Thomas Jefferson and Saly Hemings in fact no all the way back to ancient European youthful war bands wealthy young men who donned wolf hides and roved the forests looking for maidens to snatch until they came of age and went home to find wives She also writes about difficult women in a iece that considers everyone from Kim Kardashian to Madonna to Hope Hicks I feel as if feminist Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners praxis has turned to acid and eaten through the floor It s as if what s signified sexism itself has remained so intractable that we ve mostly given up on rooting out its actual workings She also writes about the lie of the literary heroine the history of the conman the Fyre Festival her time on a reality show as a teenager corporate feminism recoiling at the idea of marriage and who even knows everything else under the fucking sun She is so smart and so savvy and so so good and I hope she s already at work on her next collection because I cannot believe I ll have to go back to reading othereople s essays now This is an outstanding rigorously researched and written collection of cultural criticism I really admired the depth of thought here I felt like each essay was a master class on how to write cultural criticism I was definitely taking notes Some of the essays ran to 45 starsI 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 ueen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist Who Is Gloria Steinem? patriarchal wedding industrial complex we stan a self aware icon Mind you this fanboying tooklace 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 how Jia Tolentino has never wanted to get married and an analysis of weddings broadly their history and social function This iece encapsulates what Tolentino accomplishes when she reaches her eak in this collection a owerful examination of her own syche and how it runs arallel to the forces of history and opular culture Here s a uote from I Thee Dread that I love And still I wonder how much harder it would be to get straight women to accept the reality of marriage if they were not first resented with the fantasy of a wedding I wonder if women today would so readily accept the uneual diminishment of their independence without their sense of self importance being overinflated first It feels like a trick a trick that has worked and is still working that the bride remains the image of womanhood at its most broadly celebrated and that lanning a wedding is the only Napříč nekonečnem period in a woman s life where she is universally and unconditional. D it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self In each essay Jia writes about the culturalrisms that have shaped her the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American. Ly encouraged to conduct everything on her terms tolentino this sharp insight to a gamut of this sharp insight to a gamut of topics throughout Trick Mirror including how Tolentino applies this sharp to a gamut of fascinating topics throughout Trick Mirror including how construct ourselves on the internet the constant ressure we face to optimize every aspect of our lives rape culture in relation to her alma mater the University of Virginia the American scammer as millennial hero and Several reviewers have used the word millennial to describe this collection and I feel like that fits These essays all feel timely fresh and almost funny in a I m feeling distressed about the crushing rise of student debt so here s a meme that I ll ost on Twitter about the collapse of the climate thanks to global capitalism kinda way What I admire most about this collection is Tolentino s voice Her writing voice is confident distinct and captivating yet consistently aware of its own otential shortcomings I also appreciated her incisive feminist takes that ushed the envelope on mainstream liberal ideologies such as by explicitly naming whiteness and how characters of Asian ethnicity are Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir pushed into the background as well as how having women adopt the role of the male oppressor eg serving asrison guards instead of abolishing risons altogether may not truly further justice I did feel at times that some of these essays felt like they drifted away out of her control like they would go on these stream of consciousness explorations whereas I wanted a bit focus around a central oint or argument At the same time I applaud Tolentino for an impressive essay collection which I hope many Mermaid people will read She includes reflections on self delusion in the title which I think fits very well Once you gain an awareness of the delusions you tell yourself you move one step closer to freeing yourself and living your life on your own termsI also want to end this review with one uote from the I Thee Dread essay because I loved it so much as ya ll canrobably tell Here it is The conventional vision of a women s life in which the wedding lays a starring role seems to be offering an unspoken tradeoff Here our culture says is an event that will center you absolutely that will crystallize your image when you were young and gorgeous admired and beloved with the whole world rolling out in front of you like an endless meadow like a lush red carpet sparklers lighting up your irises and etals drifting through your lavish elegant hair In exchange from that oint forward in the eyes of the state and everyone around you your needs will slowly cease to exist This is of course not the case for everyone but for After Effects Expressions plenty of women becoming a bride still means being flattered into submission beingrepared through a rush of attention and a series of gender segregated rituals the bridal shower the bachelorette arty and later the baby shower for a future in which your identity will be systematically framed as secondary to the identity of your husband and kids Lucid and enlightening the essays of Jia Tolentino s debut collection Trick Mirror Reflections on Self Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle scam and oppression In sharp rose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from the troubling rise of athleisure to America s obsession with reality television difficult women and weddings Sketching brilliant fragments of cultural criticism for the digital age the author demystifies erplexing trends and assionately critiues a society overtaken by rampant racism and misogyny Audiobook narrated by the author Jia TolentinoI really enjoyed listening to Jia read her book 9 essays She s bluntly insightful about the times we are living in without being Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I 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 There is something of value for everyone in this book I would haveaid full Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt price just for the first essay itself about the internet I ve read other books about the internet and what s it doing to our brains etcbut thisarticular essay is the best of the bunch Jia had me thinking about things I never thought of froma historic Twisted Pathways point of viewfrom radio to TV to the early days of the internet the later yearsresent day years to It was REALLY EXCELLENTThought Die Powenzbande. Zoologie einer Familie provoking and worthy of discussions I wasn t as excited about her essay about Reality TVbut I admit I had my best laughed when she ate alate of hot mayonnaise on a reality TV showYUCKI m still chuckling about the scene she describedThere s an essay about modern weddings Ha as my younger married daughter says all of 1 and a half years Couples shouldn t consider a large wedding until at least 10 years of marriage She has a oint and so does Jia I like this entire book and the current relevant topics covered Jia is smart sassy incredibly observant about life funny warm and articulateI like this womanLoved this bookand glad I didn t miss Scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything including our bodies should always be getting efficient and beautiful until we die.

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