A journalist turns male model and discovers that he’s actually in the same business: Fabrication.
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Going Down (Aignos, 2013)
“People like me don’t exist on paper.”
Chris Selden is drifting after college graduation until he finds himself developing a career in fashion and media. During the day, he becomes a commodity, a body that is traded and sold, merchandised and marketed, while at night, he is a journalist for the Star-Ledger. Soon he is living two lives, both of which are based on their own set of fabrications. But Selden discovers that he is also drifting downward, falling into a state in which he barely recognizes himself, becoming further enveloped in a culture where even reality is a copy of a copy.
The story opens with the question: “Where do I go now?” and readers travel with Selden through Manhattan’s runways and TV studios, a multi-million-dollar clothing heist and a fashion design leak, a mysterious disappearance in Rio and the memories of Cuba, a film debut at Cannes and a life lost in New Jersey, and ultimately, back where he begins—all of it captured on film.