The Very Online Novel with Timothy Wilcox


December 8th, 2021

1 hr 39 mins 51 secs

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About this Episode

Timothy Wilcox (@PreCursorPoets) is one of my my favorite writers on contemporary literature. He joins me to discuss three very online novels published in the past year or so: Hari Kunzru's Red Pill, Lauren Oyler's Fake Accounts, and Patricia Lockwood's No One is Talking about This. He shares his thoughts on the genre of internet fiction and the evolving phenomenon of "hyperconnectivity" as manifest in literary texts. We also consider the complicated interaction between the temporality of fiction and the temporality of the internet, the outsized role of Donald Trump in recent internet novels, and recent writers' attempts to channel and appropriate the dark energies of the internet.