Alternet seems skeptical, and quotes "MAGIC AND LOSS" (thank you!).
"Under these circumstances, a healthy political system cannot really exist. I am not sure healthy individuals can either. Heffernan goes on to say that in this digital age of non-stop communication, “we’re all more alone than ever.” That may be the most profound and enduring effect of the media on our politics. We are now so divided we may not be able to unite; we are so divided we live within an aching metaphysical malaise of unconnectedness. We have more “friends” than ever, but feel more friendless."
On movies, messaging, and Airbnb.
This great Q&A at Salon:
"Why did poetry suddenly become short when the New Yorker was the gatekeeper for all poetry? If you’re weighing it against a cartoon and columns of text, then suddenly you can’t write like Walt Whitman with long lines. Most great American art forms, including novels, do end up finding a way to make some money. I know some artists don’t like to have to push back on the market, but to a great extent I appreciate the art that finds dynamic tension in that relationship, and not just crushing tyranny."
Wow! Thank you, Gwyneth Paltrow! ☀️
A beefy convo with PBS's Alexander Heffner.
I’m Brianna, Virginia’s Internet fanfriend, and I want to tell you about all the love forMAGIC AND LOSS.
There’s so much buzz out there that, even as president of the VH fan club, I can hardly keep up. But I’ve put some of the greatest praise in a LISTICLE for supermax enjoyment of reading.
2. Because Mark O’Connell of Slate couldn’t stop writing “YES!” and “TRUTH!” in the margins.
3. And because the NYT’s Justin Ellis, in his fawning review, called Virginia “a gleeful trickster.”
4. And don't take it from me, Twitterers like @daviewheeler said what I wanted to say, which is that he can’t stop telling people to read it, The New Yorker’s @AdrianChen said he couldn't wait to read the book because V’s excellent “Medium” column (my absolute fav, too) “was a big inspiration” to him. Then, @emmafromtoronto (aka Emma Healey) took one read of "M&L" and went"wonderful wonderful wonderful"! And there was MORE from@CathyNDavidson, @KateBolick and mooooreeeeeee.
5. Uh, did I seriously wait till No. 5 to tell you GWYNETH GOOPALOOP PALTROW put MAGIC AND LOSS in her MFing SUMMER READING GUIDE?
6. The National Post's review of Virginia's book goes like this: "Hallucinatory splendor! Nobody else talks about the Web this way."
7. Because Shelf-Awareness.com just got it when they said, “The author illustrates that the Internet is more than just a technological leap forward; it's an artistic marvel.”
8. And but seriously, Edward Mendelson, of the country’s foremost authority on literature, The New York Review of Books, described the book as “an ecstatic narrative of submission.” Truth.
10. I nearly cried of the most joyous joy when Diana Kimball, in a beautiful response,wrote on Medium, “If the time you spend on the internet is important to you, Magic and Loss will be important to you, too. I recommend it completely,” because she is completely all-consumingly heart-explodingly RIGHT.
Want to read, watch, and hear more about MAGIC AND LOSS? BOOM:
Scott Goodson's Uprising!!! (podcast!)
"Heffernan is a gleeful trickster, a semiotics fan with an unabashed sweet tooth for pop culture, who believes we shouldn’t confuse grief over the passing of our favorite technology with resentment because some digital alchemy failed to preserve analog experiences: “Whether or not we admit it, the internet and its artifacts are not just like their cultural precedents. They’re not even a rough translation — or a strong misreading — of those precedents.” -- Justin Ellis