Patricia Lockwood is, sort of, in bed. As we sit down to talk – over Zoom, naturally – she’s obliging lockdown’s leisurewear dress code, but still leaning on her headboard, still contemplating the world into which she will emerge today. It is the day of the US inauguration, and no one is quite sure what to expect.


“I performed a series of pretty much insane rituals on election day to ensure that the oldest white man would win,” Lockwood muses, twisting her face up in a way that suggests it was a situation she wasn’t entirely comfortable with. “I'm getting all of these emails from people around the world. It's like, ‘Really hoping that the oldest white man is going to win,’ because that was the choice that were given. And we were like, ‘What exactly are we to do with this?’”


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