Kent Selkirk is an operator at AidSat. An omni-present subscriber service ready to answer, solve, and assist with the client’s every problem, AidSat monitors subscribers’ vital signs and responds to more than 600 common Life Challenges.

Through the AidSat network Kent has a wealth of information at his fingertips, so when he notices that his foxy neighbor Sabrina is a subscriber, he can’t help but try and use his resources to seduce her. But Sabrina is spying on him too. And so is someone else, noting the videos they rent, the diaries they keep online, and watching carefully for something called The Unbinding. Diabolically contemporary, funny, and whip-smart, Walter Kirn’s THE UNBINDING is a dark comedy of our not-so-distant future. Originally serialized on slate.com, THE UNBINDING is the first genuine “Net Novel” by a prominent novelist. It has been reprinted in its entirety by Vintage Anchor.


Walter Kirn is the critically acclaimed author of the novels  SHE NEEDED ME, THUMBSUCKER, which was made into a film in 2005 starring Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton, and UP IN THE AIR, which was made into a film starring George Clooney, as well as the author of the memoir LOST IN THE MERITOCRACY. He is a contributing editor to Time and GQ and a regular reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. Portions of his previous novels have been excerpted in the New Yorker, GQ, and Esquire.