The Image of Yourself You Always Wanted to See

The fantasy of an unlived life, a life we imagine for ourselves but never actually experienced, was something Sandie Friedman explored in her essay Warhol’s Last Starlet. But what of the double life we do create for ourselves, the digital personas that we craft with ever more precision?  Here, Rosa Inocencia Smith finds in Dostoevsky’s… Read more »

When Failure Succeeds

Marion Wrenn considers  Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, and Controversies by Anis Shivani (Texas Review Press), and wonders what happens when online writing turns to the page. “Criticism excites me, and prompts me to be a better writer—it is an addiction of sorts, perhaps the most positive one a writer can have, rewardingly self-serving in how… Read more »

Nathan Jurgenson on Our Fetish for Real Life

Jurgenson ponders the paradoxes of being offline @ The New Inquiry. The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fervor around the supposed corresponding loss of logged-off real life. Each moment is oversaturated with digital potential: Texts, status updates, photos, check-ins, tweets, and emails are just a few taps away or… Read more »

Wherever this leads, we’re connected

Nathaniel Missildine seeks an escape from online distractions @ The Morning News. I went to a place without the internet because I wanted to live life deliberately.This, for example, would have been something to tweet.Or edit any number of times, lopping off prepositional phrases until the word count pulled up from a negative. But I wouldn’t… Read more »

The thing about reality: people can’t bear too much of it

Andrew O’Hagan on tweeting at an execution @ London Review of Books. Writers have seldom been strangers at the scene of an execution. As we know from his London Journal, James Boswell would think nothing of tipping up at Tyburn after a bit of the Old Peculiar on Westminster Bridge – horror was an essential… Read more »