The Empty Page: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth

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Peter Wild
Serpent's Tail, 2008 - Short stories, English - 228 pages
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A ghost makes a friend. Ulla Shooks is testifying, ladies and gentlemen, countering the wicked with the godly. The powers-that-be are trying to kick in Nikki's door as she, like, struggles against the shackles of conformity? Melissa gets high and dreams of an oblivion that won't make the E! Channel news. Patty Hearst is watching the apocalypse on TV. All this and more is waiting for you in The Empty Page: Fiction inspired by Sonic Youth. But why Sonic Youth? J Robert Lennon says it's cos Sonic Youth rip it apart. Katherine Dunn says it's because they operate in the foggy world between the real and the surreal. Steve Sherrill reckons that they've just got it figured out, man. You know? Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic Youth caught her, years ago, when she was falling. Catherine O'Flynn just wanted to catch some of the nihilistic, elemental, caustic, isolated flavour of their music. Emily Maguire was once in love with chaos. For Tom McCarthy it's gunpowder and dreams of a black panther.

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Cool collection of stories inspired by Sonic Youth songs. Great work especially by Jess Walter, Katherine Dunn, Samuel Ligon. I have a story in here too, called "Swimsuit Issue," based on the song from Dirty. This is a UK release but is supposedly coming out from HarperCollins later this year. Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

These short stories inspired by Sonic Youth songs were all pretty enjoyable, and I like the concept, though nothing blew me out of the water. I dug Tom McCarthy's "Kool Thing," about Patty Hearst. Other stuff was alright. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Peter Wild comes from a music journalism background. He is editing a collection of fiction based on the songs of The Fall called Perverted by Language, which will be published by Serpent's Tail in June 2007. Peter is the co-founder of His writing and fiction have appeared in Noo Journal, Word Riot, The Big Issue, Nude magazine, Alt Sounds, City Life, 3AM magazine and Eyeballkid. He lives in Stockport.

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