Have we all sunken
into a species-wide bout of clinical depression?
Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond
Champs, an illustrator of assembly manuals for a home furnishings corporation,
who is charged with a huge task: To determine whether or not the world needs
saving. It comes to him in the midst of a losing battle with insomnia—everybody
he knows, and maybe everybody on the planet, is suffering from severe clinical
depression. He’s nearly certain something has gone wrong. A virus perhaps. It’s
in the water, or it’s in the mosquitoes, or maybe in the ranch flavored snack
foods. And what if we are all too sad and dispirited to do anything about it?
Obsessed as he becomes, Raymond composes an anonymous survey to submit to his
unsuspecting coworkers—“Are you who you want to be?”, “Do you believe in life
after death?”, “Is today better than yesterday?”—because what Raymond needs is
data. He needs to know if it can be proven. It’s a big responsibility. People
might not believe him. People, like his wife and his boss, might think he is
losing his mind. But only because they are also losing their minds. Or are
Reminiscent of Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, Douglas
Coupland, and Jennifer Egan, Porter’s debut is an acutely perceptive and
sharply funny meditation on what makes people tick. Download and start listening now!