August 10, 2022

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Early in 2021, I finished a novel so good, it kept me stuck on what to read next, unsure of what would immediately stack up.

Turns out, I wasn’t the only person who loved “No One Is Talking About This” by Patricia Lockwood: On top of recently being named one of the best books of 2021 by the “New York Times,” it was also a finalist for the 2021 Booker Prize for fiction and was recently chosen as a Vox Book Club read.

In this genre-bending book, a woman becomes famous for her social media posts and gets pulled in deeper into “the portal,” a metaphor for popular platforms like Twitter and Instagram. When an event in her life briefly pulls her out, she grapples with the portal — and with the meaning of her life.

The novel, which feels like a mix of dystopian fiction, satire, surrealism, and poetry, follows an unnamed woman who reaches a small level of fame from a social media post, thus becoming more sucked into “the portal” (an abstract stand-in for platforms like Twitter). As she grows more isolated and ambivalent about the virtual world she occupies, something happens in her real one that (at least briefly) yanks her out.

I remember reading this book in about two days, and it’s still one of my favorite ones I read this year because of how original it is and how much I personally relate to the story and protagonist. I think it’s one of the most poignant encapsulations of the very weird times we find ourselves living in.

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All of its accolades aside, I still don’t feel like enough people are talking about “No One Is Talking About This,” so I’m here to try and fix that.

Here’s why I think “No One Is Talking About This” is one of the best books of 2021:

1. The structure perfectly mirrors the chaos of being too online.

The novel is written in snippets that range from a sentence or two to a few paragraphs, often jumping from topic to topic. To anyone who regularly scrolls through Twitter, this will, ahem, feel frighteningly familiar.

Beyond making the protagonist’s obsession with “the portal” immediately relatable, it also helps you understand and sympathize with her. She partakes in posting on social media while questioning her participation in a culture that seems to make the world a lot worse. She is insightful and sensitive while also unable to resist the ego-inflating pull of catering to online fans. Jarringly, she is many of us.

I’ll be honest: If you’ve never woken up and instantly opened your phone to a deluge of cynical political tweets sandwiched between Corgi memes, you might not get this book. (P.S.: What is it like to be free?)

But if you’ve ever deleted Instagram for a week, felt so much happier, and vowed to never go back, only to reinstall it a week later to keep up with your friends, this will probably hit you hard.

2. The writing had me highlighting my favorite quotes on almost every page.

The writing style in “No One Is Talking About This” is very poetic, which makes sense, considering Patricia Lockwood is a poet, best known for her viral 2013 poem “Rape Joke” and poetry books “Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals” and “Balloon Pop Outlaw Black.”

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Obviously, an author’s writing style is even more subjective than analyzing a book’s plot or characters — it either moves you or doesn’t. In my case, there were so many times when I felt tempted to highlight whole pages instead of a line — it was that hard to narrow down the best quotes. Here are a few of my favorite favorites:

“Every day their attention must turn, like the shine on a school of fish, all at once, toward a new person to hate.”

“The word toxic had been anointed, and now could not go back to being a regular word. It was like a person becoming famous. They would never have a normal lunch again, would never eat a Cobb salad outdoors without tasting the full awareness of what they were. Toxic. Labor. Discourse. Normalize.”

“Certain people were born with the internet inside them and suffered greatly from it.”

If these pique your interest, it’s a good sign you might really love this book.

3. It offers a feeling of hopefulness that doesn’t feel forced or trite.

Without giving anything away, I’ll say the book takes a turn that feels very realistic. (Mild spoiler: It’s partly based on a real event in Lockwood’s life.) There’s no big overthrowing-the-tech-overlords moment, nor does the ending seem bleak (at least to me).

Instead, it feels like a


meditation

on the complexities of our current timeline and how we navigate these digital landscapes as they increasingly demand more of our attention. 

I think that’s what I loved best about “No One Is Talking About This”: It exposed one of the things I find most shameful and worrying about myself and the world. But in this book simply existing, it also made me realize that despite how isolating social media can feel, there are more of us out there asking the same questions as we tap through TikToks and tragic headlines. 

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It gives me the same hope that, like the woman in the story, we can start to find our way out.

In this genre-bending book, a woman becomes famous for her social media posts and gets pulled in deeper into “the portal,” a metaphor for popular platforms like Twitter and Instagram. When an event in her life briefly pulls her out, she grapples with the portal — and with the meaning of her life.