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I've followed and loved Jia's work for a while now - her writing for Jezebel and The New Yorker.
In this collection, she captures the true essence of this time we live in with grace and formidable skill and intellect. She approaches difficult and complex subjects with humility and genuine interest - armed with in-depth research and love for honest writing. The result is cultural criticism that packs a punch. It is a multi-faceted exploration of the current time, and the title couldn't have been more appropriate.
You can't help but nod in agreement with her thoughts and critique. It's a book I wish I could have written, only this is an infinitely smarter, nuanced and funnier version.
Easily one of my top favourite authors. It's a privilege to witness such a brilliant mind at work.
The writing style is overly wordy. The narrative is winding with few clear points being made. It's one woman's narrow perspective of various episodes of her life. Unless you research the author or get an overview of these episodes there's only a limited chance that they will be relevant to your own life. They weren't relevant to mine, so I just found it boring.
Really amazing writer, I was a bit lost as a male reading it but I tried really hard to understand it all. It’s definitely written for a female audience as a lot of the reference points went so far over my head and I’m a staunch feminist but I got a bit lost and I’m ashamed to say that.
Truly good writing however. It’s not a complete narrative and there’s not a lot that holds it all together, it’s a series of extended essays loosely held on a biography premise and the shared experiences of a millennial generations dismay at the world
I don't understand the hype - author mostly summarises work and thoughts of others in between of stories from her life.Yes, she describes the life of a (mostly very privileged) wonan but offers nothing new on any of the topics discussed. Some essays were far too long for no reason (a full paragraph listing products sold on amazon and their prices -why?). I really struggled to finish this book.
Possibly one of the most shrewd and enlightening books on 21st century culture, told with infectious warmth and care. Finishing it feels like leaving three empty coffee mugs and an interesting conversation with a new friend. You’ll want to pass it on to everyone you know.
One of the best books ive read this year. Written in an intellectual yet attainable prose and with some very thought provoking essays on life today as a woman. Highly recommended, especially to those interested in feminist literature and today’s society.