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Powell's Books Presents Kaitlyn Tiffany in Conversation With Lindsay Zoladz
In 2014, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway, a One Direction fan erected a shrine in the spot where, a few hours earlier, Harry Styles had vomited. “It’s interesting for sure,” Styles said later, adding, “a little niche, maybe.” But what seemed niche to Styles was actually an irreverent signpost for an unfathomably large, hyper-connected alternative universe: stan culture. In Everything I Need I Get from You (MCD x FSG), Kaitlyn Tiffany, a staff writer at The Atlantic and a superfan herself, guides us through the online world of fans, stans, and boybands. Along the way we meet girls who damage their lungs from screaming too loud, fans rallying together to manipulate chart numbers using complex digital subversion, and an underworld of inside jokes and shared memories surrounding band members' allergies, internet typos, and hairstyles. In the process, Tiffany makes a convincing, and often moving, argument that fangirls, in their ingenuity and collaboration, created the social internet we know today, effectively making One Direction the first internet boyband. With humor, empathy, and an expert's eye, Everything I Need I Get from You reclaims internet history for young women, establishing fandom not as the territory of hysterical girls but as an incubator for digital innovation, art, and community. From alarming, fandom-splitting conspiracy theories about secret love and fake children, to the interplays between high and low culture and capitalism, Tiffany’s book is a riotous chronicle of the movement that changed the internet forever. Tiffany will be joined in conversation by critic, reporter, and essayist Lindsay Zoladz.
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Kaitlyn Tiffany
Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers technology and internet culture. She was previously on the same beat at Vox’s consumer culture vertical, The Goods, after starting her career writing about pop culture, fandom, and online community at The Verge. She lives in Brooklyn.
Lindsay Zoladz
Lindsay Zoladz is a music critic and frequent contributor to The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in publications such as New York, Pitchfork, The Ringer, Bookforum, and more. She lives in Brooklyn.