Reviews

The book cover of Trick Mirror (solid yellow with pink text) overlays an image fractured by many reflecions.

Reviews

The Scamming of the Self: On Jia Tolentino’s “Trick Mirror”

BY Natalie Brown

Tolentino turns each topic around like a Rubik’s Cube, looking at it from every side, rearranging possibilities but never quite solving the puzzle. That there is no ultimate solution isn’t a defect of these essays. The inherent ouroboros of logic at work here enhances rather than detracts from the structure and power of Tolentino’s ideas; there may be no satisfactory solutions, but that shouldn’t stop us from contemplating the problems.