January 15, 2019

What if “The Truman Show” were your life? A true story from The New Yorker

What if “The Truman Show” were your life? A true story from The New Yorker Reviewed by on . Rating: 3.5

The Truman Show is a 1998 American film directed by Peter Weir. The film describes the life of a man who is initially unaware that he is living in a constructed reality television show, broadcast around the clock to billions of people across the globe.
From The New Yorker a story of paranoid, fear and psychosis. Read and improve your English!


Soon after Nick Lotz enrolled at Ohio University, in the fall of 2007, he grew deeply anxious. He was overweight, and self-conscious around women; worse, he thought that everyone sensed his unease.

People who once seemed like new friends gradually stopped returning his texts. He went out four or five nights a week, and drank to mask his discomfort, occasionally to the point of blacking out. After such episodes, he worried that he’d said, or typed, something that he should have kept private. He suspected that people were posting embarrassing videos of him online, though he couldn’t find any on Facebook.

Lotz, who wanted to be a filmmaker, largely ignored his classwork. Often, he’d draw the blinds of his dorm room and take Suboxone, an opiate that he bought from an older student, and sleep for days. Then he’d snort Adderall or Focalin and stay up all night, watching YouTube videos and working on screenplays. His laptop became his primary connection to the world.

Online interactions were less taxing than face-to-face conversations, but they introduced new concerns: just as he monitored his friends’ Internet activity, he assumed that, whenever he clicked links on BuzzFeed or posted comments on Reddit, people were tracking him, too. When he surfed the Web, in a sleepless blur, every site seemed to contain a coded message about him.


Article by Andrew Marantz
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What does it mean? Click and find out!

to black out (v) to suddenly become unconscious
drawn the blinds (expression) move, pull so as to cover or uncover the curtains
opiate (n)  a drug used for reducing pain and making you go to sleep
to snort (v) a drug such as cocaine, to breathe it in quicklythrough their nose
taxing (n) difficult, and needing a lot of physical or mental effort
blur (n) difficult to see it clearly


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