I was going to try and write a poss about this short story and how it made me think when reading it. It has been a pretty big deal among the hipster internet literary community but I hadn't heard of it until today when I was old about it when reading some stuff about Tao Lin (the king of the hipster internet literary community) online. I had the tab open with the short story in it for most of the evening but didn't actually read it until just now (so in the last post when I said Today I have read Adrien Brody it was a lie, but I was planning on reading it straight after I posted that so it was only a small lie (I quite often tell people that I don't lie which is a lie)). I was convinced that I would hate it and in many ways I did, but I was so incredibly affected by it as well, it deals with a lot of issues that I think quite a lot about such as identity and brand and their connection (especially considering the way we use the internet to use these things), attractiveness and self esteem and power relations between men and women, and getting out of your head and being able to live in the moment (which essentially is what the therapy I am going through teaches you to do). This is the first short story that I have read for a long time that I feel like I need to print out and go over with a highlighter and try and interpret every thing about it (which is kind of ironic when dealing with getting out of your head, because we should be able to just enjoy these things in the moment, except I think this doesn't apply to this specific story because it has so many complex ideas that you have to interpret). Does anyone want to have a book club type thing about this where we can discus issues raised in the story? I would quite like to hear what people think of it from a New Zealand perspective, I would also like to hear both men and women's interpretations of it.
here is the story you should read it: http://muumuuhouse.com/mc.fiction1.html
P.S. it would be cool to get some older people's perspectives on this story too, I wouldn't know who to ask though, it deals with intergenerational romance and discussion and I have only come at it from the perspective of a young man.