Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

Reviews of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

    • ‘Jia Tolentino is the best young essayist at work in the United States, one I’ve consistently admired and learned from. All through the book, single sentences flash like lightning to show something familiar in a startling way, but she also builds extended arguments with her usual, unusual blend of lyricism and scepticism, and in the end, we have a picture of America that was as missing as it was needed’ Rebecca Solnit
    • ‘Jia Tolentino’s thinking surges with a fierce, electric lyriciShe refuses easy morals, false binaries, and redemptive epiphanies, but all that refusal is in the service of something tender, humane, and often achingly beautiful—an exploration of what we long for, how we long for it, and all the stories we tell ourselves along the way’ Leslie Jamison
    • ‘Modern American life, especially as lived online, increasingly takes on qualities of insanity, even nightmare, and Trick Mirror has something profound to say about how that happened’ John Jeremiah Sullivan
    • ‘It’s easy to write about things as you wish they were – or as others tell you they must be. It’s much harder to think for yourself, with the minimum of self-delusion. It’s even harder to achieve at a moment like this, when our thoughts are subject to unprecedented manipulation, monetization and surveillance. Yet Tolentino has managed to tell many inconvenient truths in Trick Mirror – and in enviable style. This is a whip-smart, challenging book that will prompt many of us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It filled me with hope’ Zadie Smith
    • ‘I worship at the altar of Jia Tolentino, who is undoubtedly the sharpest and most incisive cultural critic alive. Jia is a for-real genius, so damn funny it’s absurd, and her ability to cut through all the noise to reveal the heart of the matter is unmatched. What a gift to the universe that, in Trick Mirror, one of the subjects is herself.  This book is a master class in how to think about the world in 2019’ Samantha Irby