No One Is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood


As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a lady who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels round the world to satisfy her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a huge chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from global climate change and economic precariousness to the increase of an unnamed dictator and a plague of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to make a landscape that's post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just getting to keep doing this until we die?"


Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon are you able to get here?" As real world and its stakes hit the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the lady confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there's goodness, empathy, and justice within the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.


Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, nobody Is Talking About this is often directly a billet doux to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature



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