The book is nine essays, all very long and very new, about things like the defining scams of the millennial era; the literary heroine’s journey from brave girl to blank teenager to bitter woman (possibly dead); the devolution of the internet from good to soul-destroying; ecstasy as the link between virtue and vice, drugs and religion; the feminist obsession with “difficult” women; my secret life as a teenage reality TV contestant, etc. Pre-order it on IndieBound or the bad place.
Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker, formerly the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, went to University of Virginia, and got her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She’s represented by Amy Williams and has a book of essays called Trick Mirror forthcoming from Random House in August. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, TIME, Grantland, Slate, Pitchfork, Bon Appetit, SPIN, and Fader. She has a dog, clearly, and lives in Brooklyn.
If you are curious about something related to my writing, I might’ve gotten into it at Longform or Catapult or Tin House or Brooklyn Magazine or Mythos (where these photos, taken by the wonderful Elena Mudd, are from).
You can find me:
• at SXSW on March 10th talking about ruining the New Yorker
• at Columbia University on April 18th talking to Stephanie McCarter about Ovid
• at MoMA PS1 on April 28th talking to Neil Goldberg about art and New York