Surveys: A Novel

Surveys: A Novel

by Natasha Stagg

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Overview

A bored twenty-three-year-old woman suddenly leaves her dull suburban job for L.A., becomes Internet-famous, and falls in love—Zelda to a semi-famous Scott.

One day, I was not famous, the next day, I was almost famous and the temptation to go wide with that and reject my past was too great. When I was legit famous, it was hard to tell when the change had occurred... If I had been born famous, the moment I would have started engaging in social media, I would have seen this fame, not the rise of it. But first I saw the low numbers, and later, the high ones.
—from Surveys

Wryly mirroring the classic, female coming-of-age narrative, Natasha Stagg's debut traces a few months in the life of Colleen, a twenty-three-year-old woman with almost no attachments or aspirations for her life. Working at an unsatisfying mall job in Tucson, Colleen sleepwalks through depressing office politics and tiresome one-night stands in a desultory way, becoming fully alive only at night when she's online. Colleen attains ambiguous Internet stardom when she's discovered by Jim, a semi-famous icon of masculinity and reclusiveness.

When Colleen quits her job and moves to meet Jim in Los Angeles, she immediately falls in love and begins a new life of whirlwind parties and sponsored events. The pair's relationship, launched online, makes them the Scott and Zelda of their generation, and they tour the country, cashing in on the buzz surrounding their romance. But as their fame expands, Colleen's jealousy grows obsessive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584351788
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Natasha Stagg is the author of Surveys: A Novel (Semiotext(e)). Her work has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, Texte Zur Kunstn+1Spike ArtFlash ArtDazedVVice032c, and other publications.

What People are Saying About This

Petite Meller

Surveys is a social tale on the infrastructure of our age. In a period when numbers are feelings and love is a coincidental encounter online. Stagg transfers changes the way we see ourselves and each other; she enlightens us to who we are.

Casey Jane Ellison

Wise, wry levity. I always feel dry and light after reading her work. Which I love.

Hari Nef

Surveys is quick, brutal, and remarkably tender. Stagg's storytelling swells with uncanny, hyperreal insight.

Endorsement

Surveys is quick, brutal, and remarkably tender. Stagg's storytelling swells with uncanny, hyperreal insight.

Hari Nef

From the Publisher

The new world is scary, mobile, and facile. Hysterical, clear-eyed, and radically precise, Surveys is the first real look at the new game of primate society we've created for the young. Natasha Stagg is, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter, a truly killer writer.

Choire Sicha, author of Very Recent History

Surveys is a social tale on the infrastructure of our age. In a period when numbers are feelings and love is a coincidental encounter online. Stagg transfers changes the way we see ourselves and each other; she enlightens us to who we are.

Petite Meller

Wise, wry levity. I always feel dry and light after reading her work. Which I love.

Casey Jane Ellison

Surveys is quick, brutal, and remarkably tender. Stagg's storytelling swells with uncanny, hyperreal insight.

Hari Nef

Hari Neff

Surveys is quick, brutal, and remarkably tender.

Stagg's storytelling swells with uncanny, hyperreal insight.

Choire Sicha

The new world is scary, mobile, and facile. Hysterical, clear-eyed, and radically precise, Surveys is the first real look at the new game of primate society we've created for the young. Natasha Stagg is, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter, a truly killer writer.

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