The most powerful reading experience I've had in the last year is a new book called Jeff, One Lonely Guy by Jeff Ragsdale. A new art form...— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) March 24, 2012
What I mean about a new art form: Jeff, One Lonely Guy by Jeff Ragsdale is really the first example of successful post-Empire reportage yet.— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) March 24, 2012
"Could be sent off to a distant galaxy as a sample of twenty-first century urban life—and art. A brilliant book. I loved it."
—Geoff Dyer, author of Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
"I love this—a great idea, and so deftly put together. A telling mosaic of modern loneliness and almost-connectedness. I zipped through it."
—Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"The experience of reading it can be close to revolutionary.”
“OMG I love this!! It’s so Russian—very reminiscent of the Chekhov story “Complaint Book” (entries in a complaint book at the railway station).”
—Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed
"This is not a pretty book, but it shows us the world we live in: unbearable everyday humanity, unwashed, unvarnished, completely captivating.”
—Frederick Barthelme, author of Natural Selection
"We have crossed over the threshold, and are now—strangely, terrifyingly, beautifully—in this transformed world.”
—Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
“A Goldman Sachs trader gave [Jeff] updates on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Others gave advice, and many vented about their own issues. . . People phoned from as far as Japan and Saudi Arabia.”
—The New York Post
“In Jeff, One Lonely Guy we are light years removed from the Orwellian Big Brother. Instead we relate face-to-face — more accurately, device-to-device — with the man with the iPad in the café, the woman on the train clicking through her cell phone, the executive who can’t stand to be away from his Blackberry for one minute, the teen who sends hundreds of texts a day."
—The Huffington Post
"But black-box confession isn’t new to the computer age, and the main thing that distinguishes Jeff’s activities from the work of a priest or a counsellor is his lack of training. His callers know that. Many have aired their problems previously through professional channels and now want to connect with someone who’s like them—someone who has nothing practical to offer but who may understand. . . They text Jeff. They don’t sit by themselves for months staring at their coffee tables."
—The New Yorker