“sharpening our tongues for a chance at real life”


“If “all the world’s a stage,” then the internet is where we rehearse our lines, sharpening our tongues for a chance at real life.”

Jimmy Chen over at GIANT takes a look at a chat roulette meeting between a Neo-Nazi and someone with an Israeli flag on their wall — a meeting that ended in a thumbs up — and wonders at the unreality of the online characters we create.

Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →