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Writer Jia Tolentino Reflects On The Self-Delusion Social Media Propagates

Tolentino, who grew up in Houston, has a new book on the topic called Trick Mirror.

Writer Jia Tolentino grew up in Houston and is a staff writer for The New Yorker.


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Trick Mirror Book

Writer Jia Tolentino has made a career on the Internet. Before she became a staff writer for The New Yorker, she wrote for sites like Jezebel and The Hairpin.

So, she's pretty well qualified to examine the differences between the persona we show the world via social media and who we truly are.

Her new collection of essays explores that dichotomy in detail. It's called Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion.

Tolentino grew up in Houston living in what she describes as the bubble that was the private, conservative Christian school at Houston’s Second Baptist Church.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how living in that environment shaped her as a writer and why she wanted out. And she discusses how social media is redefining our idea of self.