Hum A Radiant Sickness
Patrick Crawford Bryant
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Conor Fallow sees his massive student loan debt as a barrier preventing him from achieving something meaningful with his life. As his senior year is coming to a close, however, he’s adopted an escapist attitude—picking up self-destructive habits and doing his best to ignore his future. While on a nightly walk filled with alcohol and malpracticed meditation, Conor runs into an old friend, Luce, who invites him to take part in a strange urban rite. Their guides, Jim-Jam and No Name explain that the aesthetic of the scene, looking out from a particular point atop a parking garage, is so intense that it creates a powerful psychedelic effect. Conor is skeptical but is willing to try it. To his surprise, and horror, looking out at the city does have a profound effect on his psyche…
With compelling lyricism, Hum A Radiant Sickness takes the reader on a surreal romp through the subconscious of a young man teetering on the ledge between a terrifying but hallowed self-actualization and the begrudging contentedness of an imposed conformity.
A young man simultaneously discovers his ambition and confronts the knowledge that he cannot pursue that ambition. He squirms within the confines of this paralysis. We weep for him, and we laugh with him at the absurdity of our situation. We laugh and laugh—and we don’t give up.
The debut novel from Patrick Crawford Bryant is an experimental coming of age story written in poetic prose. Taking a satirical stab at the problem of student loan debt, the existential novel questions the possibility of achieving authenticity in an economy that seems to force its antithesis: servitude beneath an oppressive system of otherness.