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“I briefly crawled out of my little hole and saw the grim shadow of the country’s pandemic inaction and now it’s COVID for another six months.” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil writes for Protean

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

“Breathe In, Breathe Out”

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“O’Neil plumbs the depths of the modern American hyper-capitalist nightmare, turning a gimlet eye upon its indignities, absurdities, and sundry horrors.” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil interviewed for Teen Vogue

Friday, April 16th, 2021

“Luke O’Neil’s ‘Lockdown in Hell World’ Details the Horrors of 2020”

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“Death Is the Capital of Uruguay” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD excerpt published in Slate

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

“Untold numbers of people were about to die, though not for the reason I expected.”

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UPCOMING EVENT: LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil in conversation with the SPJNE on 04/07/21

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

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“I’ve Been Sleeping With A Shovel Under The Bed” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD excerpt published in Defector

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

This excerpt from Luke O’Neil’s book “Lockdown In Hell World,” which is now available in paperback, is published with the permission of OR Books.

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“I Want to Hug Everyone I Know” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD excerpt published in DigBoston

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

The following is an excerpt from Lockdown in Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia by Luke O’Neil.  Luke is a former Dig editor and perhaps the most prolific published writer and reporter in the region, and so we didn’t edit him at all. His writing speaks for itself, right down to his unconventional grammar. -(Current) Dig Editors.”

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“As with all of O’Neil’s work, there is a refreshing, raw honesty to this level of unvarnished pessimism, and a kind of gallows humor best appreciated by people suffering through something horrific—which all of us, of course, are.” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD excerpt published in Boston Magazine

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Luke O’Neil Found Fresh Hell in the Suburbs. But What Exactly Did He Leave Behind?

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“[Luke O’Neil] has captured this hopelessness and isolation better than any writer I’ve read this far in his new book.” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author interviewed for Discourse Blog

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

“The writer tells us about making it through the pandemic and his new book.”

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“You always think you can get out before it falls apart” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil interviews MY TURN author Doug Henwood for Welcome to Hell World

Friday, January 29th, 2021

“The stock market is insanely overvalued—at a time when many are struggling to put food on the table. It’s grotesque. The difference between the stock market and economic reality is so wide.”

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“I Want to Swallow All the Days Ahead at Once” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD excerpt published on The End of the World Review

Friday, January 29th, 2021

“In one disgusting gulp like I’m trying to hide evidence from the police or like I’m trying to smuggle the duration of the virus onto an airplane.”

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“A Year in Hell with Luke O’Neil” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author interviewed on Nostalgia Trap

Monday, January 18th, 2021

“‘Either/Or’ with Luke O’Neil” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author discusses Elliott Smith’s classic album on If You’re Listening

Friday, January 15th, 2021

“I’ll probably be ground into dirt myself before too long” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil interviewed by Daniel Tovrov on Medium

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

“Before the world blew up, I interviewed Luke O’Neil, author of the Welcome to Hell World newsletter, about the then still-recent anthology of his work. The piece was supposed to run in February in a fairly popular magazine, but for various reasons it was pushed until March, at which point the world changed forever. Now, almost a full year since we talked, Luke has a new book out — “Lockdown in Hell World,” a collection of his newsletters about the pandemic — and I’m finally publishing this interview here because however much things change they stay the same, and I think Luke’s points are more relevant and worth your consideration than ever.”

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“Unsung heroes of 2020” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil writes for the Guardian

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Election pranksters

True to form for an administration that could make the most routine tasks somehow absurd, Donald Trump couldn’t even lose an election without making it weird. With close but clear results, he refused to concede, concocting a series of unhinged conspiracy theories about stolen votes and fraud – lies he still maintains.

But laughs soon arrived, in the form of the Trump “voter fraud hotline”, which loyal patriots were meant to call into with evidence of fraud. It soon devolved into a debacle, as an army of pranksters flooded the phone lines with ridiculous tales meant to highlight the absurdity of the proceedings.

One caller told the hotline she met the devil at her polling station in Georgia, who challenged her to a fiddle contest. Another relayed the plot of the 1980s sitcom Different Strokes. A third wiseass called to snitch on a suspicious character skulking around that bore a striking resemblance to the McDonald’s mascot the Hamburglar, who, based on his clothing, he could only assume was antifa. They put a fine point on what a lot of the country thought: this entire effort is a joke – and you, Mr President, are also a joke.

“It’s misery. It’s one of the worst ways to end a campaign you could think of,” one campaign staffer fielding the calls said, calling the prank calls traumatizing. The hotline was soon shut down. What a small joyous gift to watch it all happen in a year otherwise full of bad news.

– LO’N

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“Moving to the suburbs, the aftermath of the election, and the ongoing debate about Covid” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil in discussion for the Discontents podcast

Monday, January 4th, 2021

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“Holidays in Hell World” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil in conversation with associate editor Teddy Ostrow for the OR Books Podcast

Friday, December 18th, 2020

Welcome to the Holidays in Hell World special podcast from OR Books. Today, OR Books’ associate editor Teddy Ostrow speaks with writer Luke O’Neil about his new book, Lockdown in Hell World, a riveting chronicle of life during lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Buy Lockdown in Hell World and Luke’s last book, Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia, at Follow Luke on Twitter at @lukeoneil47 and subscribe to his newsletter at

Also check out OR Books’ Holiday Sale at and follow us on Twitter at @orbooks.

Music and production assistance by Casey Gallagher.

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