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“A lot of times you have to censor yourself if you’re writing for a big outlet, you can’t literally just say ‘This is fucking terrible. These people are vampire ghouls and they deserve to die,’ you know?”—Luke O’Neil, author of WELCOME TO HELL WORLD, interviewed by The Alternative

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Interview: Luke O’Neil Author of ‘Hell World’

“Luke O’Neil is one of my favorite writers and journalists. I guess that’s not a mainstream pick because he hasn’t written any famous novels or won any big journalism awards (yet), but he has gotten hate from the MAGA chuds because he wrote that people should piss in Republicans’ food in a major city’s newspaper, so I think that’s equivalent as far as I’m concerned.

Luke is a longtime writer about issues in social justice, criminal justice, financial inequality, and American war crimes. Occasionally his articles are featured in big outlets like (insert corporation #1) and (insert corporation #2), but more recently he has been writing a weekly newsletter called Welcome to Hell World which presents stories and research about the many different issues and injustices that make living in America in the 2020’s such a hellscape, and delivering it direct to his readers himself. Just a few months ago, he compiled the best of the first batch of newsletters into a truly touching and emotional read of a book, which is also hilarious in the dark humor sort of way that the title, Welcome To Hell World, illustrates.”

Read the full interview here.

“Thoughts on violence and death and life in this Hell World.”—Luke O’Neil, author of Welcome To Hell World, interviewed on This is Hell!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

An interview with Luke O’Neil

“This desire for a false sense of normalcy that drives so much of the media and so much of DC. You hear a lot about the day after 9/11 when we all ‘came together’ and I think a lot of these fu – sorry – a lot of these idiots actually long for that while ignoring all of the chaos and destruction and murder that came out of the feeling of us all being together. It’s a very dangerous thing when America is all on the same page.”

Listen to the the full intereview here.

“O’Neil’s writing is full of indictments of people in power…Despite the brutal rhetorical approach, O’Neil’s writing is both humane and full of humans.”—a reading by Luke O’Neil, author of WELCOME TO HELL WORLD, featured in Hyperallergic

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Author Luke O’Neil will read passages from his brutal new book Welcome to Hell World, a text that starkly explores grim current events in the United States.

If you don’t know Luke O’Neil’s words, prepare to be freshly bummed out by the state of daily political life in the United States. O’Neil writes long, meandering essays analyzing and critiquing timely topics like healthcare, fascism, and the corrosive effect of Fox News in his newsletter, Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches From the New American Dystopia, which he recently turned into a book of the same name, now available from OR Books. He will be reading passages from the nearly 600-page tome for the PageTurners reading series this coming week in Downtown Brooklyn.

O’Neil’s writing is full of indictments of people in power, and by way of disclosure, I was proud to overlap with him at Esquire a few years back. In his newsletter and in his book, O’Neil treats current events as a sort of literary post-apocalypse. Sample essay titles include “I would want to drink their blood” (about the deaths of children in Iraq) and “Give us the money or we’ll kill your son” (an interview with a young man who from El Salvador who fled MS-13). Despite the brutal rhetorical approach, O’Neil’s writing is both humane and full of humans — real people whose lives are torn apart by bad policy. And ultimately his words help us see the grim realities around us a little more clearly. The reading is free, but seating is limited, so get there early.

When: Monday, November 4, 7-9 pm
Where: DeKalb Market Hall (445 Albee Square W, Downtown Brooklyn)

Read the full event posting here.

“You cannot trust what you read or hear in the news—and I don’t mean in the “fake news” sense, which is a term that has come to mean anything insufficiently obeisant to our current president.”—an extract of Welcome to Hell World by Luke O’Neil in The Observer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

An extract from Luke O’Neil’s WELCOME TO HELL WORLD

The lie is what is known as objectivity and balance, a standard of journalism that insists no matter how obviously and comically vile one party in any given event may be, it is nonetheless necessary to consider things from their perspective as well, in order to triangulate some amorphous center of fairness.

None of this is news to you, obviously, you’re not stupid. But here we are, still doing this shit, day after day. Maybe we don’t have to be like this?

That was the idea behind my newsletter Welcome to Hell World, which started about a year ago, and then, much to my surprise, actually became kind of a modest sized thing, and was recently published as a book. As exhausting as it can be reading the traditionally neutered news model—that we all constantly complain about online now—it’s even worse having to write it. After a lot of years of in the freelance media trenches, I didn’t want to do that anymore.

Read the full extract here.

“I Would Want To Drink Their Blood: God Will Punish Them”—an extract of Welcome to Hell World by Luke O’Neil in Counterpunch

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

An extract from Luke O’Neil’s Welcome To Hellworld

There’s a girl I never want to let myself forget. Her name is Samar Hassan and we killed her family.

In January of 2005 in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, Samar who was five years old at the time was riding in the backseat of her parents’ car as they returned from bringing her young brother to the hospital. It was getting dark and nearing curfew and her father likely aware of this was driving faster than normal. Fearing that the driver was a suicide bomber an army patrol in the area that evening was given permission to open fire and so they did because that is what army patrols do.

Read the full extract here.

“People tend to like it she said”—an extract of Welcome to Hell World by Luke O’Neil in The New Statesman

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

An extract from Luke O’Neil’s Welcome To Hellworld

Jackie Crow lost one hundred pounds and she’s very proud of that fact and why wouldn’t she be that’s almost an entire adult human being that she doesn’t need to carry around with her anymore. If you lived for years with a one-hundred-pound person riding around on your back and then one day they got off like ok I’m done with the piggyback ride now you’d be elated. Imagine how much more lightly you could step.

Read the full extract here.

“Luke O’Neil’s World Is Hell, and He’s Sharing It with Us”—an interview with Luke O’Neil, author of Welcome to Hell World, in Boston Magazine

Friday, August 30th, 2019

An interview with Luke O’Neil in Boston Magazine

I worry about Luke O’Neil sometimes. Possibly more than any of the writers covering the million horrible things in the world right now—innocent children who become casualties of war, desperate people resorting to GoFundMe campaigns to pay for healthcare—he has a way of internalizing the sorrows of the news cycle, presenting its most troubling themes alongside his own struggles and weaving it all into a grand narrative about decay and despair. Reading his popular, semi-weekly newsletter Hell World is a lot like staring deep into O’Neil’s soul, and it’s often a pretty dark place.

Read the full interview here.

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