As the distinction between virtual and IRL all but disappears, Patricia Lockwood and Roisin Kiberd talk connecting, disconnecting, and ask will the internet scroll ever end?
Poet and author Patricia Lockwood’s hotly-anticipated fiction debut No One Is Talking About This is a powerful tale of love, grief and our digital lives. Described by Sally Rooney as Lockwood’s “best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet,” and the New York Times Book Review as “splendid and sordid by turns”, Lockwood succinctly and successfully skewers the absurdity and chaos of life lived online.
Roisin Kiberd thought she’d become the Joan Didion of basement dwellers but burned out. Self-described as “raised by the internet”, she has worked for tech startups, been the online voice of a cheese brand, and written for The Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly. Her debut essay collection The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet, described by Lisa McInerney as “a book that takes on, makes sense of and triumphs over that shapeless techno-dread” relates her personal story with wit and insight.
In conversation with Adrian Weckler, technology editor for the Irish and Sunday Independent and host of The Big Tech Show podcast.