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Seek You

Seek You

Essays on American Loneliness

Book - 2021
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"When Kristen Radtke was in her twenties, she learned that, as her father was growing up, he would crawl onto his roof in rural Wisconsin and send signals out on his ham radio. Those CQ calls were his attempt to reach somebody--anybody--who would respond. In Seek You, Radtke uses this image as her jumping off point into a piercing exploration of loneliness and the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another. She looks at the very real current crisis of loneliness through the lenses of gender, violence, technology, and art. Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to Instagram to Harry Harlow's experiments in which infant monkeys were given inanimate surrogate mothers, Radtke uncovers all she can about how we engage with friends, family, and strangers alike, and what happens--to us and to them--when we disengage. With her distinctive, emotionally charged drawings and unflinchingly sharp prose, Kristen Radtke masterfully reframes some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments"--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524748067
1524748064
Characteristics: pages cm

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NEW FOR JULY! Adult Nonfiction. “An exploration of loneliness, the troubling ways we've studied it, and the subtle ways we strain to avoid it. Radtke's second graphic memoir feels almost custom-made for the social-distancing era: She explores our need for connection and touch (‘skin hunger’ is th... Read More »


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