The book I was thinking of was Simulacra and Simulacrum. Did your brother talk to you about that one? Yes, definitely. He was using those words before The Matrix. He was the real deal. Now everyone knows that idea or word, I guess. I have read some things like The Matrix and Philosophy.
Did you ever read the book Fashionable Nonsense, by Alan Sokol? And it was accepted. He was a scientist taking aim at the misuse of science by social scientists and philosophers, but more the latter. More these post-structuralist philosophers. Then he wrote a book taking each of the super-famous philosophers in this area and exposing—in his mind he was exposing—the complete intellectual fraudulence of what they were doing.
It had reached a breaking point where people were using equations and scientific concepts as metaphors. The best example would be something like quantum mechanics—that you could take the uncertainty on a quantum level of the universe and stretch it creatively and wrongly into some kind of statement about society or personality.
In relation to science and language, or science vs. Human beings do not live in the objective world alone … but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society ….
No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. What do those quotes mean for your work, or for fiction in general? It almost seems like someone made it up for a fiction writer to think about. All of these technologies are, I think, in some way, giving us not just a different way of communicating, but an actual different way of seeing the world.
They form a consensual grammar, if I can use that term. So to some extent I was trying to explore the idea that if you only experience your reality through the constraints and categories and scheme of your language, then what if your language is now also being shaped by Facebook and Twitter? And those are shaping how we communicate, and the words we use.
Do you use technology much yourself? You only just got a Skype account. Do you use Facebook or Twitter or have a blog or anything? I think the last time I tweeted was a couple months ago. I have a Facebook, and I had a Tumblr that I put maybe three things on two years ago. I do have an iPhone.
I was pretty late to the party and I only really have it because my wife was due for an upgrade. Plus, I washed my pants with my old cell phone in them. So she gave me her iPhone, and now I really enjoy it. I read books on it. I use it for work. Then how would I know what people are experiencing when they have it? That was the first computer I got. I feel like one of the juxtapositions [of this era] is that what joy we have is predicated on being one of the lucky ones.
What kind of joy is possible without ever forgetting that? In the mids, her parents emigrated from the Philippines to Toronto, where she was born; they moved to Houston when she was four she also has a younger brother. There, the family joined an evangelical megachurch that ran a small private school, which Tolentino attended as did, years earlier, Ted Cruz , even though her parents were less stringently religious than those of many of her peers.
A cheerleader and the salutatorian, Tolentino rebelled, slightly. She appeared three times in Fiddler on the Roof , a musical she loves, but also thought it was funny, in the mournful ending, to lie down on the floor and pretend to be dramatically giving birth. The Repentagon trained me to feel at ease in odd, insular, extreme environments…and Christianity formed my deepest instincts.
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This was right before she left to film Girls v. Once she returned to Texas, she applied for and then accepted a full merit scholarship to the University of Virginia. In college, Tolentino joined a sorority and was an English major. She was also part of an a cappella group called the Virginia Belles—in the evidence that still exists on YouTube, her voice is sweet and slightly throaty. The fact that she is skilled at so many things actually became a joke within the group. Daley went to UVA as well, and initially encountered Tolentino at an a cappella concert.
She remains able to relate to people who disagree with her, though.
I think that what Jia fundamentally understands is that human love is messy and weird. And she likes it that way. A week after she arrived, there was a coup, and she and other volunteers were evacuated to an American air base. Doty says she was different when she returned.
Back in the U. The first short story she submitted anywhere ended up getting published in the literary journal Carve , winning the Raymond Carver Contest and being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When Emma Carmichael became its editor-in-chief, she hired Tolentino as a contributing editor and they became close, despite mostly running the site via Google Docs and Gchat. A year later, they finally hung out in person at SXSW, where they shared an air mattress at an Airbnb mutual friends had rented. It remains the only deadline Tolentino has ever missed.
In , when Carmichael began running Jezebel , she hired Tolentino as deputy editor she moved to New York from Ann Arbor two days before starting the job , and she rapidly established herself as a writer with almost bewilderingly broad abilities. Soon, she was regularly turning down other job offers, in part due to loyalty to Carmichael, who by then was not just her best friend and boss, but had also been involved in a serious car accident in the summer of that had landed her in the hospital for six weeks, at which point Tolentino had stepped in to run the site.
Meanwhile, Gawker Media, the company that owned Jezebel, was embroiled in a lawsuit involving a Hulk Hogan sex tape that ultimately led it to file for bankruptcy. The offer to write for the New Yorker was different, though.
Are you fucking kidding me? She began her new job in July ; four months later, Trump was elected. For the next 18 months, she worked on Trick Mirror most weekends and some weeknights. Early responses have been rapturous. The anal cancer email notwithstanding, the criticism Tolentino receives these days tends to be more muted than when she was at Jezebel, where people sometimes tweeted at her with pictures of her face plastered with dicks. As an enticement here is a clip from the reality TV show, called "Girls vs. Boys," that I filmed in Puerto Rico for a month in when I was The piece has the capacity to anger both people on the left and, presumably, Kellyanne Conway and her supporters.
One concern she had about her essay on Ecstasy and religion was that just putting words to something so central to her identity would leave it unable to further develop. She was relieved, last April, when she went upstate, dropped acid, and discovered this, at least, was not the case.
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