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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 it *Lucid And Enlightening The Essays * and enlightening the essays 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 The Catechism of the Council of Trent perplexing trends andassionately critiues a society overtaken by rampant racism and misogyny 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 my god Jia really that and ugh ueen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York 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 The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 piece encapsulates what Tolentino accomplishes when she reaches hereak in this collection a Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje powerful examination of her ownsyche and how it runs arallel to the forces of history and opula 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 too long and could use some tightening but that is a subjective opinion I was Davids Sling particularly interested in the essay about the UVA rape case and the one about uncritical feminism and how it can flatten discourse in really troubling ways This is well worth a read I read it slowly so I could really think through eachiece It is a rare book that encourages me to do that 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 Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields perhaps 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 and influenced in different ways all my opinions would be completely different Be that as it may I still am me I still have the same brain and biases and I will tell you this Jia Tolentino is exactly everything I fucking love This book to me is basicallyerfect devastatingly smart and endlessly fascinating and filled with essays that work that interrogate the modern condition from every angle and leave you gasping with new comprehensions They are deeply researched and wildly illuminating and also even funny sometimes when they re not devastating or brutal or so intense you have to Learner Strategies in Language Learning put the book down and go take a dazed walk to let your brain synapses cool their firing. 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. .
Paradise Run 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 MADNESSwhat s important to me The everyday madness by the internet ositions ersonal identity as the center of the universe In another she dissects the Help Me, Jacques Cousteau perpetual burden of being an ideal woman in the days of self optimization managing to tie together chopped salads theerfect mid day nutritional replenishment for the mid level modern knowledge worker Barre classes the rapid fire series of Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen positions and movements resemble what a ballerina might do if you concussed her and then made her snort caffeineills and athleisure tailor made for a time when work is rebranded as The Book of Mordred pleasure 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 Stoneiece 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 Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide piece that considers everyone from Kim Kardashian to Madonna to Hope Hicks I feel as if feministraxis 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 other Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert people s essays now 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 Hidden Boundaries 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 of new hot take on things then you ll be disappointed It does cover a lot of the things eople have already talked about and especially talks a lot about this current cultural moment so I do think there s a limitation to new things that can be said I d read Jia Tolentino s grocery lists if she let me. 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. ,