This is a book about narcissism. Perhaps I am in error, but it seems to me that narcissism has become a staple of postmodern culture. World War II is a dividing point in American history. The Greatest Generation was about service to others, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty, commitment. That generation experienced the Great Depression and saved the Western world from the horrors of fascism. They left their native shores confident in the tenets of modernity and returned to see the world, in less than two decades, shift into the timbres of postmodernism. From that shift came a culture increasingly self-centered, ego-driven, entitled. To reflect this change I chose the ancient tale of Narcissus, the Greek youth so entranced by his own beauty that he ended up drowning while gazing at his reflection in a pool of water. The theme of narcissism knits the book together, in one seamless flow, exploring the nature of narcissism in today’s world.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have noticed that as a general observation, many individuals seem to be more self-centered now than at any other point in my life. Service to others doesn’t seem as important. Instead, entitled, ego-fulfilling behavior has come to the forefront. I believe that this reflects a cultural shift from modernity to post-modernity, as postmodernism rejects all the tenets of modernity. I decided to explore this theme, from a contemporary perspective, by using the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus who was in love with himself and lost his life because of this vain focus. Narcissus is all through the book as the unifying metaphor that knits the book together based on the theme of postmodern narcissism.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Reflective surfaces love me: windows, doors,
mud puddles, mirrors—they all redirect me
to myself—I can’t stop staring.
Copernicus was wrong. I’m at the center of
the solar system. Cameras love me, especially
the selfies that I constantly snap.
I’m really a Pisces but I tell everybody I’m a
Leo. With my blond flowing mane what else
could I be?
All men want me. Heads turn when I walk in
the door, eyes never leave me the entire time,
even the jealous women—they are always
jealous and insecure, not being as beautifully
perfect as me. I pity them. They are not nice
people, like me.
Celebrities are secretly in love with me. I know
that Lady Gaga and Beyoncé follow me on
Facebook looking to see what they can borrow.
Speaking of Facebook, I have a zillion friends
who all admire me from afar and pin tons of compliments
to my wall.
I only reply to those who have money, power, fame,
or creative gifts. Why should I waste my time on losers?
After all, I’m the biggest winner in town.
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