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Will@epicqwest.com: A Medicated Memoir

Tom Grimes
Ludlow Press
200 pages
May 2003
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This is the online journal of Will, medicated undergraduate virologist and born-again hero, and his quest to conquer the post-post-post modern plague - Information Sickness - with the aid of his neurotic laptop, Spunky.

As Will ponders the vacuity of life, he becomes less able to cope with his tutors, or his fellow students. Information sickness is eating away at the soul of humanity. It is spoonfeeding willing victims easily consumed bytes of useless information. It is copied, carried and transmitted by everyone who comes into contact with it, and it is fatal.

In a sudden flash of inspiration, Will realizes that the source of the deteriorating culture’s problems is not, as he’d first thought, a government conspiracy, but consumer apathy:

“There is no capitalist conspiracy. We are the conspiracy. We buy the software and the soft drinks. We don’t care if a megalomaniac dunderhead like me gets elected. We are the truest of the true democracies. We have got the leaders and the shabby culture that we deserve.”

“Being psychotic, I quickly realized that Information Sickness and the death of metaphysics were linked, like a sitcom spin-off. My heroic duty was clear, despite the tremors and blurred vision from Thorazine and Lithium. Destiny had charged me not only with rescuing mankind from Information Sickness, I also had to resuscitate the corpse of the Western philosophical tradition…”
Tom Grimes has created a punchy satire that mocks the age of information overload and spiritual decline. He is a talented satirist who takes language in many different directions simultaneously. Through Will, he portrays an unsympathetic and critical examination of techno-culture. As Will concludes in the novel's closing chapter, "I learned that beauty, not information, would save the world."

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Corinna Underwood, 2004

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