This Is the Author episode Gretchen McCulloch, Jia Tolentino, Carrie Goldberg
S4 E44: Gretchen McCulloch, Jia Tolentino, and Carrie Goldberg

In this episode meet Gretchen McCulloch, author of Because Internet; Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror; and Carrie Goldberg, author of Nobody’s Victim.

These women explore different facets of today’s culture and society—everything from the internet’s effect on language to reality TV and wedding culture to society’s treatment of victims of assault. Then find out which author finally took a stand in the gif (jiff) versus gif debate!

Learn more about their audiobooks:

Understand how the internet is changing the English language, why that’s a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

“[An] effervescent study of how the digital world is transfiguring English. . . . [McCulloch’s] almost political thesis—the more voices, the better—rebukes both the élitism of traditional grammar snobs and the cliquishness of, say, Tumblr. It’s a vision of language as one way to make room for one another.” —The New Yorker

In this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self.

“This book is a master class in how to think about the world in 2019.”—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Nobody’s Victim is an unflinching look at a hidden world most people don’t know exists—one of stalking, blackmail, and sexual violence, online and off—and the incredible story of how one lawyer, determined to fight back, turned her own hell into a revolution.

“Carrie Goldberg has written a timely, necessary and uniquely authoritative book about the modern-day scourges of on-line harassment, stalking, sextortion, and non-consensual porn–and how to fight them. But her book is also a strikingly honest memoir and a riveting read.”—Margaret Talbot, staff writer, The New Yorker

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