Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
September 30, 2019 9:45 AM - by Jia Tolentino - Subscribe

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 in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American 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 more efficient and beautiful until we die. [Goodreads]
posted by ellieBOA (2 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
I haven't actually read enough of this to discuss it, but I bought the book after a highly compelling (and strongly recommended) Jia interview on Ezra Klein's podcast.
posted by grandiloquiet at 8:28 PM on September 30, 2019


Thanks, will have a listen. I loved this book enough to finish it, which is a rarity.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:35 PM on September 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


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