n+1 book review of Gary Shteyngart’s book Super Sad True Love Story. Beyond the book, it provides an accurate view how technology is pervasive in our lives.  And not in the way of finding the nearest American Apparel using iPhone GPS.  In the way of degradation of communication and interpersonal interaction. Please read.  It seems to go off the rails towards the end, but that might have been the ADHD flaring up.

Alice Gregory:

You really want to know what it is about 20-somethings? It’s this: we live longer now. But we also live less. It sounds hyperbolic, it sounds morbid, it sounds dramatic, but in choosing the internet I am choosing not to be a certain sort of alive. Days seem over before they even begin, and I have nothing to show for myself other than the anxious feeling that I now know just enough to engage in conversations I don’t care about. The internet’s most ruinous effect on literacy may not be the obliteration of long-format journalism or drops in hardcover sales; it may be the destruction of the belief that books can be talked and written about endlessly. There are fewer official reviews of novels lately, but there are infinitely more pithily captioned links on Facebook, reader-response posts on Tumblr, punny jokes on Twitter. How depressing, to have a book you just read and loved feel so suddenly passé, to feel—almost immediately—as though you no longer have any claim to your own ideas about it

Additionally, for what it is worth, Alice Gregory seems like someone I would like to be friends with. I don’t know if I’m quite smart enough for her, though maybe my looks would carry the conversation.