Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing That Is Happening is a collection of hybrid feminist narratives that perfectly captures the many paradoxes of the COVID-19 pandemic, contrasting the seemingly never-ended public catastrophes we experienced as a collective with the isolated, often-mundane lives we carried out in private.
Shifting effortless between social commentary and memoir, glimpses of history and threads of fiction, Stone, a lifelong feminist and longtime contributor to the Village Voice and NPR's Fresh Air, unapologetically observes against the backdrop of a Zoom call the evolution of feminism over the years, the gendered sexual politics underlying Jeffrey Toobin's public disgrace, rage and Rebecca Solnit-like hope on the heels of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death, and the way we continue to pot and maintain our plants amidst the broken narrative of our world's future. As Stone says,
It’s good this narrative has been broken. In the narrative that has been broken, people ignored the way so many things they wanted required the suffering of others.
In a time when most of us felt more alone than ever before, Laurie Stone's Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing That Is Happening is a retroactive but no less timely reminder that we were less alone in our thoughts than we thought.
[S]hows Stone’s gifts as a critic....Fans of creative nonfiction will find Stone an animated guide to these disjointed times.—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
[B]ooks like Streaming Now are essential to continue cultivating our consideration for ourselves and others...Stone gives herself and us readers space to think, complain, scorn, wonder, celebrate, and mourn. And that is exactly what we all need as we continue to recover, learn, and change.—GABBI CISNEROS, Porchlight Books
Laurie Stone's strange and otherworldly postcards are captivating, erudite, and moving. What is particularly startling is when you realize that the strange place she is writing from is the heart. We should all make such a trip and, thankfully, now we have this beautiful book as a guide.—IRIS SMYLES, author of Dating Tips for the Umemployed
Laurie Stone is the best writer I have encountered in quite a while. Her writing grabs me and in a sentence or two, I am in the middle of it.—JOHN LURIE, musician, painter, actor, director, and producer
Somewhere along the way one recognizes that a simple seeming collection of pensées is really the coherent exploration of a distinct and valuable cultural point of view, one that we might have lost contact with, and that we are lucky to still have.—VINCE PASSARO, author of Violence, Nudity, Adult Content
A witty, brutally honest meditation on how we live now, and most importantly, on the life worth living. Nothing is too small or too large for Laurie Stone’s laser vision—her willingness to say the things we’re not supposed to say or admit to doing the things we’re not supposed to do—all of which will keep you reading this book in one mad dash.—GLORIA JACOBS, editor and activist
To my mind, Laurie Stone is a virtuousoi writer, and the "streaming" form—a kind of diary derived in part from blogs she has written on this site, particularly suits her genius. Her writing is full of attitude and has a defiant vibe I find completely compelling. Yes, she wants to entertain us—she is engaged in comedy—but its comedy of a most serious kind, like all real comedy. It's not schtick. Laurie means every word and the words ring true. Read this book!—ALEC MARSH, professor and author of Ezra Pound