Dating is bad. Dating as a woman of a certain age is worse. And dating in the age of apps “which encouraged men to think of women as less than human—as hot pictures, as objects,” as Nancy Jo Sales writes in Nothing Personal, is a hell not even Dante could have imagined.
As a guide through this particular purgatory, you couldn’t do much better than Sales. Single at 49, Sales, a journalist and filmmaker, sold a documentary called Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age. But she kept it on the down-low that she herself was using the apps. Her new book is a series of dispatches from her journey into the blasted lands of Tinder.