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The Age of Illusion: Some Writings and a Memoir Second Edition

Victor Chen

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Title: The Age of Illusion: Some Writings and a ...

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Hardcover. 438 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 1.1in.The age we live in is rife with disputes over what should be agreed-upon facts. The assassination of John F. Kennedy is the most notable of these controversies, and there are people who believe that the moon landing happened on a Hollywood set, that the U. S. government was complicit in the 911 attacks, and many other examples. Victor Chen tells how his ordinary, unremarkable life was taken over at an early age, first, by his sense of becoming a figure of gossip as an anonymous writer for The New Yorker, and then by his encountering more and more stories in the media that seemed to be shams, fictions, and allegorical charades. Sometimes he has found himself to be an apparent living key, a basis for media enactments and misinformation. Despite being treated by psychiatrists and led or misled by his family, he has returned again and again to such paranoid notions. Chen was born in China and educated in the U. S. and Britain, gaining degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford. He was married to a woman he calls Eve, and he believes that one purpose of the project was to eavesdrop on their life together. This book has been followed by four others: Unintended Results (2003), Lines in the Dirt (2005), Willingly Published (2005), and Anti-politics (2010). The Age of Illusion consists of essays, parodies, poems, stories, and a memoir telling how Chen came to his views. This second edition has a new preface that comments on a few high points of the story. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781493121878

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The age we live in is rife with disputes over what should be agreed-upon facts. The assassination of John F. Kennedy is the most notable of these controversies, and there are people who believe that the moon landing happened on a Hollywood set, that the U.S. government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, and many other examples.

Victor Chen tells how his ordinary, unremarkable life was taken over at an early age, first, by his sense of becoming a figure of gossip as an anonymous writer for The New Yorker, and then by his encountering more and more stories in the media that seemed to be shams, fictions, and allegorical charades. Sometimes he has found himself to be an apparent living key, a basis for media enactments and misinformation. Despite being treated by psychiatrists and led or misled by his family, he has returned again and again to such paranoid notions.

Chen was born in China and educated in the U.S. and Britain, gaining degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford. He was married to a woman he calls Eve, and he believes that one purpose of the project was to eavesdrop on their life together. This book has been followed by four others: Unintended Results (2003), Lines in the Dirt (2005), Willingly Published (2005), and Anti-politics (2010). The Age of Illusion consists of essays, parodies, poems, stories, and a memoir telling how Chen came to his views. This second edition has a new preface that comments on a few high points of the story.

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Victor Chen was born in China and educated in the United States and Britain, earning degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford. He has been a U.S. citizen since 1964. Since 1969, he has supported himself in New York through a variety of jobs, mostly writing and editorial work. In the 1970s he was on the staff of The New Yorker.

Although it has been described by family and doctors as delusion, the belief that his words have been taken from him and used without permission has been impressed on him so repeatedly and insistently that he is convinced it is true. He went through a relationship and marriage that appears to have been broadcast to a wide range of people, and he describes it in this book. He now sees no other way to gain some true privacy than to tell his story, hoping to find some confirmation and to set the world on a more honest age.

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