Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

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.

Title:Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525510543
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  • Roxane

    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 cultur...

  • Melanie

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

  • Jiaqi

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of...

  • Thomas

    4.5 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...

  • emma

    Here is who I recommend this book for: Anyone who has been in a coma for the last ten to fifteen years; a person who just discovered the internet, or perhaps only recently learned how to read; someone...

  • Michael

    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...

  • Oriana

    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 t...

  • Always Pouting

    I really enjoyed this actually, even though any collection of essays/stories tends to be uneven. I probably also enjoyed it more since it said a lot of things that I already agree with or thought to b...

  • Nicola

    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. The personal e...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook... narrated by the author, Jia Tolentino.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 ad...