Within part one of Ben Lerner’s novel 10:04, I found the relationship between the unspecified narrator and Alex fascinating and immensely satisfying. I found it particularly intriguing on how social media and media in general could be related to the problem the two have interacting with each other while holding eye contact. Ben Lerner could be hinting at the idea of younger and future generations struggling to interact and effectively communicate with one another. “Maybe she broached the subject at the museum and not over coffee or the like because in the galleries as on our walks our gazes were parallel, directed in front of us at canvas and not at each other, a condition of our most intimate exchanges; we would work out our views as we coconstructed the literal view before us. We did not avoid each other’s eyes… but we tended to fall quiet when they met” (8). In today’s society, I see often individuals struggling with face to face confrontation, however, if over a comment online or text via phone, individuals can be particularly more genuine with his or her “real” self. Clearly, the reader can tell from the text in part one, the narrator and Alex have an strong and developed relationship. At times, I felt they have feelings for each other which go beyond the lines entailed by being “best friends.” Especially as she wants the narrator to be apart of her pregnancy in such a large capacity. However, despite their closeness and intimate connections even, they both struggle to look one another in the eye and have a full conversation with true depth. The narrator’s relationship with Alex spoke volumes to me, despite the greatly complex plot surrounding it. I felt most connected with the characters and the relationships between one another.