The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality

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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Amanda Montell is a writer and linguist from Baltimore. She is the author of the acclaimed books Wordslut, Cultish, and The Age of Magical Overthinking. Along with hosting the podcast Sounds Like a Cult, her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and more. She holds a degree in linguistics from NYU and lives in Los Angeles with her partner, plants, and pets. Find her on Instagram @Amanda_Montell.
"An engaging package suitable for anyone who wants to better understand the chaos of our modern society. Montell's take on how irrationality went mainstream is informed by erudite wit and an eye for telling images."--Kirkus, starred review
"Anyone who's ever been trapped in their own head can find solace in Amanda Montell's latest work, a delightful blend of cultural criticism and personal narrative that explores the modern information age, our brain's overloaded coping mechanisms, and societal irrationality." --NYLON
"Written with wit, smarts, and self-deprecating charm, The Age of Magical Overthinking is at once a guidebook for the era of misinformation and an illuminating, palm-to-the-forehead reveal of the delusions that underlie our own beliefs. Rarely have so few pages explained so much, so entertainingly." --Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff, Gulp, and Fuzz
"With her nonfiction books Wordslut, Cultish, and most recently, The Age of Magical Overthinking, and her popular podcast Sounds Like A Cult, Montell has opened broad avenues for her fans to track the race between language, psychology, and their own bizarre behaviors."--Elle
"In her latest, [Montell] unpacks the loopholes in the mental tricks and cognitive biases that we all tend to use as coping mechanisms. Montell connects the halo effect to Taylor Swift, the way sunk cost fallacy keeps us in situations we simply should not be in anymore, and so much more. And she writes about it all so gorgeously that you'll be reaching for a pen to annotate."--The Skimm
"If you've ever wondered how social media has changed how you see the rest of the world, The Age of Magical Overthinking is exactly the book for you. Montell explores how the Internet and constantly being online has made us chronic overthinkers and anxious, irrational beings. And, of course, she offers a reprieve from the chaos of the modern age."--Men's Health
"[Montell] turns her erudite eye to the inner workings of the human mind and its biases in her most personal and electrifying work yet. . . razor sharp, deeply funny . . . Montell's prevailing message is one of hope, empathy, and ultimately forgiveness for our anxiety-addled human selves."--Sunset
"Have you noticed you have a tendency to overthink? Join the party because we've all been living in an analytical bubble, but there may be hope! In The Age of Magical Overthinking, author Amanda Montell breaks down the things we tend to overthink and why they occupy our brain so much."--Brit+Co
"Refreshingly entertaining and informative...[Montell] exemplifies the power of compelling stories by employing her own memorable metaphors and disclosures as an invitation to consider more deeply what we choose to consume and share."--Booklist
"Montell combines erudition with humor and self-deprecation...Reading The Age of Magical Overthinking feels like listening to your smartest friend give excellent advice. Hopefully, we'll take it."--BookPage