Among the poetry racks on the second floor of San Franciscos legendary City Lights bookstore, an audience member is confronting the author Jarett Kobek with a spirited defense of the revolutionary power of Twitter and Bernie Sanders. His harangue, delivered during a book read in February, was in atavistic beatnik dialect. I do Tweet about it, Jack! he hollered, stirring an erstwhile polite audience to holler things like Sit the fuck down! and Let him talk! Its hard to imagine a more appropriate reception for Kobeks second fiction, I Detest the Internet, a savage satire of internet culture set in 2013 San Francisco .. It centers on the fallout from a surreptitious record posted to Youtube, its narrator describing real-world events of the city rendered in the hyperbolic language that has come to represent online interactions, and diverging into off-topic invective to expose its intolerable bullshit. More funny than obnoxious, the novel has become a sleeper sensation a more or less self-published book that landed a favorable review above the fold on the front page of the New York Times arts segment( something Kobek believes is a first for a self-published book ). It has dipped into the Amazon top 500, and appears set for a wider international release in six languages.
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