I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It: Stories from an Online Life (Paperback)
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"Get off your phone and read Jess Kimball Leslie's funny book "
---Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live
I LOVE MY COMPUTER BECAUSE MY FRIENDS LIVE IN IT is a hilarious memoir of growing up in the early days of the Internet and celebrating technology's role in our lives.
Coming of age in suburban Connecticut in the late '80s and early '90s, Jess Kimball Leslie looked to the nascent Internet to find the tribes she couldn't find IRL: fellow Bette Midler fans; women who seemed impossibly sure of their sexuality; interns trudging through similarly soul-crushing media jobs. Through effortlessly comedic storytelling and looks at tech through the ages (with photos ), Jess takes you on a journey through the hilarious times that technology and the Internet changed her life. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, Jess's essays paint a clear picture: That each of us has a much more twisted, meaningful, emotional relationship with the online world than we realize or let on.
About the Author
Jess Kimball Leslie is a rising star in the tech journalism world who writes about technology and the Internet for publications such as Elle, The Hairpin, The Awl, TechCrunch, and others. Jess is an analyst whose work has been commissioned by companies such as American Express, Google, and Samsung; a frequent speaker at large tech conferences; and a regular guest on multiple cable news shows. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and son.