Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness
The grant jury: An innovative, lyric exploration of loneliness, Seek You sets word and image in dialogue with each other in organic, unforced, and often poignant ways. It is thrilling in its form, its investigations, and its humanity. This is not a memoir, but a reported-out inquiry; the author is consulting the right body of emergent empirical research, as well as deftly relying on her superb personal judgment and interpretive power. We see the chorus of judgmental social media voices crowding the page; a dissection of the laugh track phenomenon; the opening image of a lonely body floating through space. It brings the graphic form into exciting new territory, and has the potential to spark a larger cultural conversation about modern isolation and its consequences.