It’s actually not a trick from The Guardian but it is about Trick Mirror author Jia Tolentino because now that I have started her book and am loving her analysis of all things “today” “in this world” “of this moment” well, of course, I want to read everything about her.
I think she is a wildly talented writer and I truly believe her writing is important. Maybe I believe this because of our generational difference but mostly I think it is because of our sameness. How can it be that she talks of being an individual and NOT summing up categories with random hashtags that take away their meaning and yet, I am sure I am not the only one reading about her interior world and believing we actually have similar perspectives on the way society has been fucked by the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and reality tv?
Of course, it is 20/20 with me because no – I haven’ written the book or a book about it so I can easily read her tome and say to myself, or write in this post, “I know, right? I was completely thinking the same thing!”
What I have done as I have read her essays is thought,
“Wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way but I completely agree.”
“Wow. Yes, that is it! That is what I was thinking but I couldn’t articulate nor did I articulate.”
So, we are sisters now.
This hugging of her and welcoming her in without meeting or without reading all of her work or without really truly internet-stalking her as much as one could is a ‘wink wink’ to her actual analysis.
She points out that the simple brush strokes we nowadays take to describe our experiences or feelings is total bullshit.
At least that is how I would summarize her summary.
So how do you talk to Jia Tolentino after you read her interviews and learn what she thinks about what you think? I mean, I don’t talk to her. I would like to.
That sentiment aside, is she ok?
Can she write as she does and then live balancing between the stark and dark analysis and the reality of well, reality?
I wonder if it’s all just a trick.
In fact, I don’t wonder about it. It is a trick.
There’s your trick mirror!