do you believe in lief after loev by Caden Lovelace
Lovelace drowns the reader in his streams of consciousness. Single-handedly Caden
Lovelace has created a living breathing novel to replace the heavily edited
deadened things that pass themselves off as meaningful. Incredibly playful and
downright absurd at times ‘do you believe in lief after loev’ marks the
beginning of a new literary genre. Much like the anti-folk crowd rebelled
against the stuffiness of folk music Caden Lovelace takes on the concept of the
novel and transforms it into something far more relatable.
culture flows through the veins of the collection. The title comes from a Cher
song deliberately misspelled. Among the copy and pasted aspects there is a
deeper narrative. Caden Lovelace accurately captures what it means to be alive
on the internet. What this entails is nearly impossible to capture usually. By
removing any sense of narrative (indeed the book rebels against it) Caden
Lovelace explores life with the internet as an important looming structure.
Only the internet could allow someone to quickly veer from exploratory posts
about sexuality to Wikipedia blurbs about elephants without batting an eyelash.
hidden within these thousands of words is the soul of the internet. The
internet gets unfairly accused of countless tangents of constantly losing
focus. Books written about the internet lifestyle tend to edit out the sense of
informational anarchy that makes the internet so compelling. Caden Lovelace
includes it allowing for a better ability to explore his own mind and how he
thinks about others. Little snippets of it at first appear completely purposeless,
even sarcastic. Right in the beginning there are several blurbs about Tao Lin’s
book ‘Taipei’ copy and pasted without any context. At first it seems downright
pointless. Upon closer inspection after reading the collection it makes sense.
While ‘Taipei’ certainly revolved around internet usage ‘do you believe in lief
after loev’ is the internet.
Reading an entire product description may not be anyone’s expectation of what
ought to be included in a novel. More than name-dropping it outright explains
the detail-to-detail features of a product. The downright humor comes from what
these products are used for and no character in the novel (and yes there are
characters of a sort) ever uses them.
bit surprising that nobody bothered to free the restrictions of the novel. ‘do
you believe in lief after loev’ celebrates the freedom given to the written
word without concern of grammar, spelling, or coherency. ‘do you believe in
lief after loev’ is the written word born to run.