Insane after Coronavirus?

Patricia Lockwood recounts her maddening experiences with COVID-19: “I had developed a low-grade fever. My head ached, my neck, my back. My eyes ached in their orbits and streamed tears whenever I tried to read or watch television. My mouth tasted like a foreign penny.”

Published: Jul 8, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,546 words)

Malfunctioning Sex Robot

I was hired as an assassin. You don’t bring in a 37-year-old woman to review John Updike in the year of our Lord 2019 unless you’re hoping to see blood on the ceiling.” It’s all uphill (or downhill?) from this perfect lede.

Published: Oct 4, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,742 words)

The Communal Mind

Patricia Lockwood travels through the internet in this piece, first delivered as a lecture at the British Museum in February 2019.

Published: Feb 13, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,896 words)

How Do We Write Now?

The world’s a mess, but that doesn’t mean creativity must end. Staying creative just requires great effort.

Source: Tin House
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,808 words)

Lost in Trumplandia

“America has always offered to drink anything for five dollars, no matter how disgusting.” Patricia Lockwood, on the ground at a Trump rally, attempting to understand what’s happening in the United States.

Published: Mar 28, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,650 words)

Short Read: Rape Joke, A Poem By Patricia Lockwood

“The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.

“The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.

“The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee.

“Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. ‘Ahhhh,’ it thinks. ‘Yes. A goatee.‘”

Source: The Awl
Published: Jul 25, 2013
Length: 5 minutes (1,312 words)