The Communal Mind by Patricia Lockwood

“To future historians, nothing will explain our behaviour, except a mass outbreak of ergotism caused by contaminated rye?…

The Unabomber had been right about everything! Well, not all of it. The Unabomber stuff he had gotten wrong. But that stuff about the Industrial Revolution had been right on the money.”

—Patricia Lockwood, “The Communal Mind.” London Review of Books. February 21, 2019.

With the talk of ergot and the Unabomber, Patricia Lockwood’s is starting to make me wonder if my mind isn’t just a bad reflection of the communal mind. A strange and disturbing revelation. Putting her Priestdaddy at the top of my reading queue.