“Something strange was going on. To an extent I was reporting on what was happening in my life, but it was more complicated than that. I was becoming more than just myself; I was becoming a character in a story I was continually writing more so than the actual person who inspired a character. Even events that didn’t make it into stories were part of a larger, overall narrative. It was as Philip Roth says in The Anatomy Lesson: “The burden isn’t that everything has to be a book. It’s that everything can be a book.”
definitely an issue i’ve encountered with social media. but also, honestly, i encounter that in real life too. trying to live cinematically, or poetically, or story by outlandish story can be fun, but you also feel like you are not so much living as writing a comic book about yourself.