Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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For more than twenty-five years, the antimelodic “noise” of Sonic Youth has assaulted us, exhilarated us, inspired us. Why?

Katherine Dunn says it's because they operate in the foggy world between the real and the surreal. Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic Youth caught her, years ago, when she was falling. J. Robert Lennon says it's because Sonic Youth rip it apart. Emily Maguire was hooked because once she was in love with chaos.

Their sound is caustic, elemental, nihilistic—and quite unlike any other cult band ever to achieve rock godhood. In Noise, twenty-one great literary voices offer short fiction based on or inspired by songs from Sonic Youth—a raucous coupling of music and literature featuring marrow-colored goo, severed hands and abandoned babies, Patty Hearst watching the apocalypse on TV, and other unruly images of the Zeitgeist.

Hiag Akmakjian • Christopher Coake • Katherine Dunn • Mary Gaitskill • Rebecca Godfrey • Laird Hunt • Shelley Jackson • J. Robert Lennon • Samuel Ligon • Emily Maguire • Tom McCarthy • Scott Mebus • Eileen Myles • Catherine O'Flynn • Emily Carter Roiphe • Kevin Sampsell • Steven Sherrill • Matt Thorne • Rachel Trezise • Jess Walter • Peter Wild


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Verdict: Inspired by the art rock band Sonic Youth, the stories collected here might find a receptive audience in the right YA collection, but readers are advised instead to go straight to the source ... Read full review


an introduction lee ranaldo
disappearer matt thorne
thats all i know right now katherine dunn
bull in the heather scott mebus
shadow of a doubt rebecca godfrey
flower steven sherrill
wish fulfillment mary gaitskill
dirty boots samuel ligon
protect me you eileen myles
kissability laird hunt
snare girl Catherine oflynn
brother james emily maguire
swimsuit issue kevin sampsell
kool thing or why i want to fuck patty hearst
unmade bed Christopher coake
radical adults lick godhead style peter wild

my friend goo shelley jackson

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About the author (2009)

Peter Wild is the editor of a series of fiction anthologies based on the songs of rock and pop bands. His articles and fiction have appeared in The Independent (London), The Guardian (London), The Big Issue, Word Riot, NO÷ Journal, and 3:AM magazine.

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