I couldn’t get through all of “Super Sad True Love Story” because I found it too shrill, but the part of the article above describing American Airlines’ pairing up with Klout to reward people with higher “social points” makes me think Shteyngart’s social predictions might not be too far off the mark.
Mom: We saw that throw a curveball movie— hit a curveball, miss a curve…
Me: ‘Trouble with the Curve’?
Mom: It was really hokey, it was good!
Me: Hokey is what constitutes good?
Mom: It had Justin Timberlake and there wasn’t any sex.
Oh hello Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast, where have I been all your life.
Mom: Your dad and I watched that movie with the aliens and Tom Cruise on On Demand. What was it called— world war something?
Me: War of the Worlds?
Mom: Yes! That’s it. And it had Dakota in it. But the ending was really stupid, it had all these birds flying into the aliens and landing on them and killing them.
Me: What? I saw that one in theaters, and I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Mom: The birds! The birds were all perching on the aliens and flying into their shields and then they died.
…or “Slings & Arrows” is back on Netflix Instant and everyone should watch it.