Adam Gnade’s pocket sized novel The Internet Newspaper is about working at the online version of a daily newspaper during the weird, clumsy, well-funded early days of the internet. Set in Southern California in the year 2000, Gnade’s book shows an America that does not exist anymore—an awkward, wild, innocent place that has since given way to fury and regression.
Here we bear witness to HTML coding and late-night party crime, hard drugs and the birth of the “cats on the internet” phenomenon. The Internet Newspaper is lyrical, dark, philosophical, and true like all good fiction is true.
Recommended if you like: ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney, Roberto Bolaño’s ‘The Savage Detectives’, ‘Sex and Rage’ by Eve Babitz, Bright Eyes, The Cure, Mexican food, committing crime, being a fucking bad-ass, and Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’.
“Lucid, life-affirming prose from an empathetic master.”
-Yannis Philippakis of the band Foals
“Adam Gnade is a writer who can capture what it feels like to feel everything.”
-Dana Margolin of the band Porridge Radio