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Priestdaddy: A Memoir

de Patricia Lockwood

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Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met, a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence, from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group, with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.… (més)
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The thing is this: this is not a book about Patricia Lockwood's father, who is a Catholic priest. This is a book where Lockwood sets out to write a book about her father and ends up primarily writing about herself and her family and the way they are haunted by her father (who is very much alive) and the Catholic Church in general. He remains opaque, unclear, frequently ridiculous, Rush-Limbaugh-misogynistic, and deeply devoted to the practice of ministry, all at once. Toward the end of the book she turns to him and asks, explicitly, for him to reveal himself to her. But she only does so in the pages of this book she's written around herself/out of herself/between them. She doesn't, and maybe can't, face-to-face. I don't fault her for that, or the book. It remains an extraordinary book, especially when looking at the effects of the deeply patriarchal structures she (and women in general) grow up in, are shaped by, sometimes wriggle out of and can't entirely escape. I came to Lockwood via her poem "Rape Joke," which made me feel so entirely seen that lines from it echoed though my head for months after, at a time in my life when I desperately needed that poem, exactly. Reading more of her writing on gender, on trauma, on dealing with that poem going viral while living in her parents' home was incredible. It also does have a chapter tiled the "Cum Queens of Hyatt Place." It is hilarious and brilliant and made me weep and made me think. I can't ask for more than that. ( )
  localgayangel | Mar 5, 2024 |
I jibe with Patricia Lockwood really well and love her writing. Part of that is she writes the most incisive and poetic sentences and scenes; the passage from [b:No One Is Talking About This|53733106|No One Is Talking About This|Patricia Lockwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1601474686l/53733106._SY75_.jpg|84057345] when the doctor chokes up after her niece's death, with cream cheese from a bagel stuck in his mustache, for instance, is perfectly amazing. Priestdaddy is said to be funnier, but humor isn't what sticks out to me. It's writing like this:

"All my life I have overheard, all my life I have listened to what people will let slip when they think you are part of their we. A we is so powerful. It is the most corrupt and formidable institution on earth. Its hands are full of the crispest and most persuasive currency. Its mouth is full of received, repeating language. The we closes its ranks to protect the space inside it, where the air is different. It does not protect people. It protects its own shape."

Does that not just nail tribalist in-group dynamics... ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Patricia Lockwood is a master wordsmith. The prose in this comic memoir is often exquisite. Ms. Lockwood grew up under unusual circumstances: her father is a Catholic priest. Her mother was a good Catholic girl who married a man who later became a Lutheran minister, but then converted to Catholicism, and through some quirky rule, was able to be ordained and keep his wife and family. He seems quite the character, although he is certainly someone whose politics put me off. As much as I enjoyed Ms. Lockwood's descriptions and colorful language, I found the book somewhat disjointed, almost like a collection of essays rather than a book-length memoir. At times the story did not hold my attention, but overall I enjoyed it. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Lockwood’s writing style overwhelmed me in not a good way ... I almost put the book down early on but I’m glad I stuck with it to the end. She’s certainly a good storyteller and she has a hell of a story to tell re. her life. Maybe I just don’t care for her aesthetic (manic pixie plus constant pointless sexual references) so all the more kudos that I enjoyed the whole book. She demystifies both the midwest and Catholicism, quite a feat. ( )
  monicaberger | Jan 22, 2024 |
Started off very promising, then just slowed to a crawl. It appears the author had a good 200 page in her but decided to stretch it a bit. She should have stopped at 200. I got bored and just stop caring about her father, mother and even her. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
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I know all women are supposed to be strong enough now to strangle presidents and patriarchies between their powerful thighs, but it doesn't work that way. Many of us were actually affected, by male systems and male anger, in ways we cannot always articulate or overcome. Sometimes, when the ceiling seems especially low and the past especially close, I think to myself, I did not make it out. I am still there in that place of diminishment, where that voice an octave deeper than mine is telling me what I am.
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Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met, a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence, from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group, with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.

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