Peter Levy - System error: the diary of my reconfiguration
System error: the diary of my reconfiguration
This entire story is written in the first person and set mostly around the city of Melbourne. It begins when The Narrator’s office computer implodes with his C drive unusable. The company geek, Yohan, gives him a replacement computer while trying to salvage what is left of The Narrator’s lost data.
The Narrator soon finds he can’t get into his Facebook account but can access one belonging to a mysterious Damien Jones who used to work for the company.
The Narrator, determined to re-invent himself, sets up a plan to change his whole wardrobe and MO by emulating a character he has seen in a fashion magazine. New haircut, stylish shoes and flashy sun-glasses turn him into someone he’s never been before, a sexier, more interesting person.
The Narrator also takes the opportunity to pretend to be this Damien Jones and so, through Facebook, converses with Lucy who is eager to meet up for some sexual liaisons. Having never had any sexual encounters before, The Narrator is also eager to rectify that situation.
The Narrator seeks help from an online medical psychologist, Doctor Mike, who gives him much needed worldly advice on how best to treat women well.
It soon appears that Lucy also has an independent hidden agenda that comes to light during the course of the ensuing weeks. She has been unsuccessful in getting pregnant with her husband and is using The Narrator.
During this journey other adventures occur. He meets Mrs Sullivan, a menswear shop owner, Bruno, who owns a shoe emporium and Carlo, who is a stylish hairdresser. An old family friend, Mr Schwartzman, also pitches in by making a suit to match the magazine photo.
The Narrator comes of age, both sexually and maturely.