Read The Secret Life: Three True Stories Online Free - The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for identities: true, false, and in between. We no longer question the reality of online experiences but the reality of selfhood in the digital age.
In The Secret Life: Three True Stories, Andrew O'Hagan issues three bulletins from the porous border between cyberspace and the 'real world'. 'Ghosting' introduces us to the beguiling and divisive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose autobiography the author agrees to ghostwrite with unforeseen-and unforgettable-consequences. 'The Invention of Ronnie Pinn' finds the author using the actual identity of a deceased young man to construct an entirely new one in cyberspace, leading him on a journey into the deep web's darkest realms. And 'The Satoshi Affair' chronicles the strange case of Craig Wright, the Australian web developer who may or may not be the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, and who may or may not be willing, or even able, to reveal the truth.
What does it mean when your very sense of self becomes, to borrow a phrase from the tech world, 'disrupted'? Perhaps it takes a novelist, an inventor of selves, armed with the tools of a trenchant reporter, to find an answer.
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November 29, 2017
O'Hagan is a very good writer, and in the story, Ghosting, about ghost-writing Julian Assange's autobiography, he had a very good subject to write about. The first thing that is apparent is that Assange has a very high opinion of himself, of his own intellect, and of his ability to control absolu...
November 27, 2017
Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan is a difficult man to dismiss. Here he tells three stories based around computers and two strange Australians and makes something weird and wild and kind of spectacular. The first story, "Ghosting," regards the time he was asked to interview for the opportunity to p...
June 16, 2017
The Secret Life (beginning)
In the introduction to The Secret Life, Andrew O'Hagan explains that 'the leading figures in this non-fiction book, each of whom is real or began real, depend for their existence and their power in the world on a high degree of artificiality'. The secret life of the tit...
October 28, 2017
September 01, 2017
Modern society has become utterly reliant on the internet. It is pervasive and has many positive and negative aspects, from the way that it can bring people together to the troubling undercurrents of the darknet. In The Secret Life, Andrew O'Hagan brings us three different stories, one of a man w...
June 25, 2017
A fascinating account of the chaotic attempt by Julian Assange to write his autobiography. We are in the period before Julian took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy but nevertheless was forced to wear an electronic tag and sign in each day at the local police station while he fought extradition to...
June 17, 2017
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:
Andrew O'Hagan reads from his essay 'Ghosting', about the turbulent process of writing the memoir of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange. Taken from the book of collected essays THE SECRET LIFE.
Read by the author
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie...
October 20, 2017
Ignore the second story.
Story one is everything you ever wanted written about Julian Assange.
Story three is the most fascinating nonfiction pageturner I've read in recent history. But be forewarned, if like me you were expecting an expansion or alteration of the LRB essay, you'll be disappointe...
July 15, 2017
Andrew O'Hagan is a great writer but I couldn't maintain my interest in the third of these true stories which was about the beginnings of bitcoin and the person who invented it. The first is a personality profile of Julian Assange and the second a strange story about taking a name from a dead per...
October 23, 2017
Absolutely brilliant writer. A bit conceited, sure, and if really self-important prefaces aren't your thing, flip past this one.
And yet, these three stories are an absolute tour-de-force of human greatness the internet age. Behold our slacker kings: unable to manage an IRL life, but able to spin...