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M. T. Anderson

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Feed: Part 3: Limbo and Prayer Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
On Monday, Titus goes to School™ and notices that Calista has a “macrolesion.” Link kisses Calista and tickles her lesion. Titus chats Violet about Calista’s lesion and her relationship with Link. Violet admits that the first time she saw Link she thought he was “youch” since he was the only person she knew who wasn’t beautiful. Titus explains that Link was cloned from Abraham Lincoln. As he chats this, Titus watches Link goofing around the Marty.
Lesions have become so hip that the characters choose to have them placed all over their bodies. Horrifyingly, the other characters seem to find lesions sexy, because their feeds tell them they are attractive. Because the story takes place in a future where people choose the appearance of their children, most people are beautiful, but Link is a clone of Abraham Lincoln—who, during his lifetime, was widely regarded as an unusually unattractive man.
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Violet chats Titus to tell him that she’s reading about Mayan spells, because she wants to preserve them before they’re forgotten altogether. Titus invites her to a party on Friday, and she reluctantly agrees after Titus convinces her that his friends like her.
It seems to be Violet’s mission to learn as much about the world as possible before her death. She continues to be attracted to Titus, however, and seems to want to spend time with him and his friends.
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In the interlude, the feed sends out “Hot Sex Tips for Girls,” followed by a political speech about how the U.S. has toppled many genocidal dictatorships around the world and always does what is right.
America professes to be the most morally advanced country in the world, even as it continues to pollute the world and endanger millions of lives.
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