Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It


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4.9 X 7.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers technology and culture. She was previously on the same beat at Vox's consumer vertical The Goods, after starting her career writing about pop culture, fandom, and online community at The Verge. Formerly the host of the popular podcast Why'd You Push That Button, which considered the tiny technology decisions that have an outsized effect on our modern social lives, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Immensely entertaining . . . Well-versed in this subsect of internet culture thanks to her own passion for One Direction . . . Tiffany remains archly self-aware throughout, assuming an alternately waggish and reverential tone that perfectly captures the absurd genius of this influential army of women. Stans will want an encore. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A heartfelt memoir wrapped in an ethnographic analysis, as the author insightfully examines contemporary loneliness and our growing need to feel like we're a part of something. Despite its focus on One Direction, the text buzzes with broader relevance that should appeal to readers interested in the 'unlimited chaotic energy' of life online. A finely balanced pop-culture investigation." --Kirkus

With her insider-outsider perspective, patience, and wit, Kaitlyn Tiffany does remarkable justice to the complexity of online culture. Everything I Need I Get From You will fascinate aficionados, but even for someone who's never so much as logged on, it makes a rich and heartfelt explainer on the feelings and phenomena that thrive on the internet. --Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing

How often the world forgets that the things of girls populate the intellect just as thickly and freely as the things of boys. Kaitlyn Tiffany's Everything I Need I Get From You is a brilliant demonstration of the joy, power, technological innovation and world-changing shifts that happen when girls turn on their love. --Samantha Hunt, author of The Unwritten Book

Just when I can't bear to read another thing about the boys who built or wrecked the Internet, Everything I Need I Get from You comes along. Kaitlyn Tiffany's book is a fresh and often funny experiment in finding forms fit to archive the websites where we became ourselves--and full, like them, of joy and awkward tenderness. As cultural history, it casts the most familiar developments in a new light. As criticism meets memoir meets performance art, it won me over like a great fan will--through sheer commitment to the bit. --Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love

Kaitlyn Tiffany's Everything I Need I Get From You is a headlong plunge into fandom, which, as she deftly illustrates, is the single force that drives today's Internet more than anything else. Tiffany shows that fandom isn't just about consumption: It's an all-consuming creative passion, a drive to remake culture for yourself. Tiffany is a sociologist of online niches as well as a brilliant recounter of the kind of obsessiveness that fandom thrives on, precisely because she knows the fervor herself. Everything I Need I Get From You is a perfect document of the peculiarly fruitful form of Internet-enabled obsession. --Kyle Chayka, author of The Longing for Less