Patricia Lockwood: Oda to chaos and the strangeness of the internet

«First planes of artistic manicure, a pedrusco of outer space, eyes composed of a tarantula, a storm like peach in syrup on the surface of Jupiter, Van Gogh's

Patricia Lockwood: Oda to chaos and the strangeness of the internet

«First planes of artistic manicure, a pedrusco of outer space, eyes composed of a tarantula, a storm like peach in syrup on the surface of Jupiter, Van Gogh's potato dining rooms, a chihuahua perched on an erection, a door Garage with a graffiti in spray letters saying for now! Do not send emails to my wife! How could it be that the portal transmit that feeling of privacy, if you only entered when you wanted to be everywhere? "

It has been written a lot about the feeling of strangeness and dissonance that causes us to peer to the Internet: a mixture of enormous shame by everything, of hatred and empathy, loneliness and communion, sometimes all at the same time. At this point, we already know that interfaces full of data are not just a tool of connection with others, but also with ourselves. On the hypnotizing and weightless online life and its frictions with the one of meat and blood writes Patricia Lockwood in little is talked about this, edited here by Alpha Decay and that arrives on Monday to the bookstores.

The novel was among the finalists of the prestigious Booker Award last year and has a lot of self-diction: As its protagonist, Lockwood is one of those famous Internet personalities for his acid and ingenious, bright and scrawl tubes, who have been faraged by the ironic nickname of "The Laurerated Internet Poet». She five years ago she wrote some memories, Priestaddy, where she told a childhood marked by an ultra-religious father, a Lutheran pastor turned to Catholicism and lover of pistols.

The protagonist of little is talked about this (Alpha Decay) is a star of the network that travels around the world giving lectures about online life and can not help but ask the million dollar: "When you die, you would see a circular graphic What would you inform you of the serving of life that you had spent in the bathroom arguing with people you did not know? ». The novel, written with a refreshing formal freedom, is an extension in itself from the segmented and disjointed narrative of the networks: it is built based on whatsapp messages, loose phrases and decontextualized paragraphs whose reading looks a lot like Scroll Down. And yet, it works.

Date Of Update: 07 February 2022, 19:30

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