Essayist and ‘poet laureate of Twitter’ Patricia Lockwood discusses her urgent, genre-defying debut novel No One Is Talking About This. A profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection and a love letter to the endless scroll.
About No One Is Talking About This
A woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet 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 vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?" Then, she gets two texts from her mother: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon can you get here?" Real life pierces the fray, shedding light on the increasing absurdity of her online existence.