Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion

Book reviews

Written by: Kelly Fisher

26.11.2020

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By: Jia Tolentini

Modern Online Culture

“Trick Mirror” is a collection of essays that are separate but interwoven questioning the online culture we live in and how it impacts our day to day lives.  The essays explore everything from how the internet perpetuates a “self-promoting culture”, to what does the rise of athleisure clothing say about our society’s focus on “optimization”.   

“Why do I have such a personal relationship with my facewash?”  While this is one of the lighter questions that Jia Tolentino, staff writer at the New Yorker, poses in her book “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion”, it also reflects one of her great skills as a writer, and that is Tolentino’s ability to take many parts of our daily lives which we take for granted, and place them in a larger context in a way that is both critical, humorous, and relatable.   

Tolentino Is a Deft Guide

One of the things you’ll love about this book is the way Tolentino brings forward complex social issues, and nuances them in a way that is both engaging, and at many times, hilarious.  Throughout the essays Tolentino analyzes these strange and turbulent times we live in and asks what they show about how society continues to portray and view women’s role within it.   

I could not recommend this book enough.  Whether that is for the high-quality writing, the insightfulness, or a sense of nostalgia for early internet culture, you will be pleased with this book.  •