The Joy of Google
Search results as memoir: A year in the life of a compulsive Googler, including THE SECRET OF LIFE IS......WHAT DOES PRICELESS MEAN...SEX FOR ME HAS ALWAYS BEEN...WHY MY DOG ALWAYS...CLICKABLE GOD...AND OPRAH INVITED...I KNEW WAS TROUBLE...THIS GINORMOUS CLOUD...and many, many more. Fascinating, hilarious, moving & compulsive reading from the author of Lemon" and "Horrible Child." More
FROM THE PREFACE:
It’s like reaching into a teeming sea of language, scooping up a handful and seeing what’s there. Always there are surprises. We have ideas of our own about each search phrase, our own ways of completing the thought it begins; other people have other ways, contradicting as well as underscoring ours. Together, the results compose a kind of poetry of crowds, in which we can see a little of the world and a little of ourselves at the same time.
The pieces have been selected for a variety of reasons. Some are simple inventories, diverse if partial. Perhaps only a few succeed as poems. All seem most alive when read out loud, evoking mantras, litanies, theatrics. Throughout, there is an absence of conclusiveness—the suppression of sense exactly where one most expects to find it—which I hope will titillate more than irk, and even deliver curious moments of cognitive relief. For those of us who live day to day amid strident polemical crossfire, slowing down the rate of incoming certitude can be both tonic and provocative. Freed from their original matrices, facets of meaning flash and feint, the bulk of their intent submerged; and the key phrases tease out fresh completions in the mind.
Here are the rules I followed when searching and editing the results: 1) The search phrases were entered inside quotation marks, in order to generate only exact matches; 2) The order in which the results appear is the exact order in which they appeared when the matches were returned; 3) All matches appear in this text. In cases where the searched phrase yielded duplicate returns, the repetitions have either been reduced to one appearance, or all have been included.