Thoughts by Patricia Lockwood, Riverhead Books 2021, 210 pages
Challenge: TOB Summer Camp 2021
Genre/Theme: Internet-novel / family
Type/Source: Hardcover / Riff Raff Books PVD – Indie Bookstore Day purchase
What It’s About: It’s been called genre-defying. It’s been forewarned as a book that must be read in totality, recognizing Part One and Part Two are unique to themselves but support each other to complete the book. Its author has been called a genius. She does have a way with words and a fascinating perspective.
This two-part book is first a collection of snippets and deep thoughts relating to our culture’s obsession with the internet. Or the world that exists in “the portal”. Some flashes of keen insight. Some off the wall observations of weird stuff. Can a dog be twins? Why did that take off? Thus, what this is.
I had heard that the second part “makes” the book. I was willing to keep going.
Thoughts: I am not sure the second part was really all that different – not in style but certainly more poignant and sad in a personal way to the author and her family. Love was in full evidence.
“Surely there must be exceptions,” her father ventured, the man who had spent his entire existence crusading against the exception.
He did not want to live in the world he had made,…
Rating: Three slices of pie. Lockwood drops in a pie chart.
…, you would see a little pie chart that told you how much of your life had been spent in the shower arguing with people you had never met.
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