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    London Review of Books | Patricia Lockwood | 2/21/19 | 37 min
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    9.5
    London Review of Books
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    • thorgalle
      Scribe
      6 days ago

      This was relatively difficult to read, and special. I didn't know writing could have this effect. It's almost like watching this music video (serious warning: don't open if you have photosensitive epilepsy), but then with text.

      I also think I missed about 80% of the references. I actually looked up a few. A good "year in summary".

    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekScribe
      1 week ago

      Patricia Lockwood should be an interview for a future season of The Midnight Gospel. This stream of vernacular is trippy as fuck. Around the bend of each effective paragraph of imagery, humor or just plain blunt truth is another and another.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        1 week ago

        Great comment! Not familiar with The Midnight Gospel, will have to Google.

        • DellwoodBarker
          Top reader this weekScribe
          1 week ago

          It’s Wonderful. Season 1 is super short. Duncan Trussell interviews people on a variety of themes (the season finale is a powerful interview with his mother prior to her death that has resonated with many viewers) and the real interviews are married to really trippy and zany animated visuals. The animation generally follows the main character as he lives in a trailer in the multiverse and his portal device is a vaginal womb each time he travels to land in an interview and different landscape.

          • Pegeen
            Reading streakScoutScribe
            1 week ago

            Wow, does sound like Lockwood would fit right in. Thanks for the heads up, will check it out.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 week ago

      Patricia Lockwood cannonbaaaalll!!!! 💣

      Unreal. Amazing. Ok - so I started reading this "piece" (lol) while making coffee and putzing aimlessly around my kitchen. But after a few hard whacks (basically just like: omg, did she really just say that?) I settled in for good for almost an entire hour and just... let it happen. I read it all in one big, furious gulp. Sweeter than candy!

      At times I wished it was a bit more coherent (rather than lots of little disconnected bits) but it doesn't matter because everything everywhere these days is just disconnected bits - a point that Lockwood makes oh so well.

      I love what writing like this does to me. It makes me feel so much less alone in my 'fear+excitement' of the web, the portal. And also inspired to keep working to make it better. We don't have to look at stupidity all day every day. But we also don't have to whip the shit our of ourselves for our persistent failure against the stupid, the one "big brain" we all share. Stupid isn't "wrong" just as beautiful isn't "right." It's all just stuff. Stuff to look at, think about, and talk through. It's all just information. So perhaps that's the takeaway: It doesn't matter how you process information, just make sure you're processing something. Otherwise you're dead. Or a robot.

      And, again and again, we must keep asking ourselves this:

      Why were we all writing like this now?

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        1 week ago

        I knew this would blow your mind! Reading Lockwood is like visiting the portal that I was thrilled to leave. She is a keeper!

    • KentFackenthall
      Scout
      1 week ago

      “She opened the portal. ‘Are we all just going to keep doing this till we die?’ everyone was asking.“

      This piece is fucking glorious. Read this piece.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        1 week ago

        Love “fucking glorious.” Really makes me feel your comment and adds to my own!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        1 week ago

        Excellent!!! I agree!! This piece is fucking glorious.

        Why were we all writing like this now? Because a new kind of connection had to be made – and blink, synapse, little space between was the only way to make it. Or because, and this was more frightening, it was the way the portal wrote.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      1 week ago

      Beautifully, horrifyingly poetic! Mind altering experience.

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekTop reader of all timeScout
      1 week ago

      This is a masterpiece.