In Uncanny Valley, her memoir about working in startups, Anna Wiener never resolves the self contradictions of her industry, city, or existence. Throughout her career, Rebecca Solnit has been dogged by comparisons to Joan Didion. Never mind that the writers have peanuts in common beyond a geography—California—in which Didion didnt even remain. As a woman writing semi journalistic sentences of quality, Solnit is doomed to her Didion descent. They all are. Virginia Heffernan, Anna Quindlen,...

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