One of my all time favorite novels is by Alfred Bester, called "The Stars My Destination".
It's a fast moving sharply written novel about a lazy common man who finds himself being pushed into being something trancendent.
The opening paragraph would fit this freaky time we're living in.
This was a Golden Age, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying…but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice…but nobody admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks…but nobody loved it.
The other day I found this, and it reminded me of that Bester novel.
"everything is so amazing, but nobody is happy"
Louis CK on Conan O'Brian