Becky (PO '22) is an English and Computer Science major from Hong Kong.
“I know astrology is fake [...] who cares? It’s real enough to influence how real people think.” So says the unnamed narrator of Fake Accounts, Lauren Oyler’s debut novel about a very online woman in the era of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Like the narrator, book critic Oyler offers the following theory on contemporary reality: life outside the internet is no more “real” than that within. Likewise, life can be just as fake offline.
“In this life I have worshipped so many lies. Then I workshop them, make them better.”
"Going from journalism to fiction, the common denominator was the need to step outside of the story to observe, witness, and document it."
"For me, it’s not language I’m necessarily putting my faith in, because all of my languages come from violence, from colonialism. It’s people that I put my faith in. How I can use language to build towards the people and communities that I care about is always where I end up going."