The Wire | The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
After being referred to the Radio Lab Podcast episode "The Living Room," I couldn't help but be reminded of Chuck Klosterman's chilling novel The Visible Man. The "Living Room" episode deals with a young couple who never shuts their blinds, exposing themselves and their actions to the neighbors across the way.
The Visible Man is a novel about a man who creates a suit that makes him invisible. The man then sneaks into peoples' homes, just to watch them, sometimes for days at a time. If you haven't checked it out (and you're into voyeurism?), I highly recommend both the podcast episode and novel. Read a snippet from Klosterman's book below:
"But-when you really think about it-that emotional support only applies to the experience of living in public. We don't have ways to quantify ideas like "amazing" or "successful" or "lovable" without the feedback of an audience. Nobody sits by himself in an empty room and thinks "I'm amazing." It's impossible to imagine how that would work. But being "amazing" is supposed to be what life is about. As a result, the windows of time people spend by themselves become these meaningless experiences that don't really count. It's filler. They're deleted scenes."