Maybe this is a question with an obvious answer and I missed something, but does anyone know the origin of this phrase in its now-popular usage?
I think I understand how it functions. For example, here are the first 5 search results for “In which I” (Note: Your search results may vary):
The analysis of current usage as connoting some kind of ironic formality seems exactly right to me. But instead of finding it annoying like Screen Name does, I still like it, because I get the joke. See, I think I completely lost the plot of contemporary literary culture around the time when Jonathans Franzen and Foer came around. I don’t have the time or energy now to learn what counts as tasteful idiomatic English, so too-clever verbal ticks on blogs will have to do as a substitute. That, and rage comics on Reddit.
Andy Daly kills it in perhaps my favorite bit of stand-up comedy ever. It’s glorious. (The whole album, Comedy Death Ray, is excellent.)
Yay! One of my all-time favorites, too. The Paul F. Tompkins set that opens the album is also pretty unimpeachable. Speaking of, he has a new album coming out on 12/1 which makes me kind of sweaty w/excitement because his first album Impersonal is maybe my all-time favorite comedy LP.