The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise

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PublicAffairs, 2010 - Science - 395 pages
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Noise is usually defined as unwanted sound: loud music from a neighbor, the honk of a taxicab, the roar of a supersonic jet. But as Garret Keizer illustrates in this probing examination, noise is as much about what we want as about what we seek to avoid. It has been a byproduct of human striving since ancient times even as it has become a significant cause of disease in our own. At heart, noise provides a key for understanding some of our most pressing issues, from social inequality to climate change. In a journey that leads us from the Tanzanian veldt to the streets of New York, Keizer deftly explores the political ramifications of noise, America's central role in a loud world, and the environmental sustainability of a quieter one. The result is a deeply satisfying book-one guaranteed to change how we hear the world, and how we measure our own personal volume within it.
 

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Review: The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise

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The world is inundated with noise. By noise, Keizer means that the sounds and bustle of unwanted audible and visual activity. While the book peters off towards the end, parts of it were fascinating ... Read full review

Review: The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise

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The world is inundated with noise. By noise, Keizer means that the sounds and bustle of unwanted audible and visual activity. While the book peters off towards the end, parts of it were fascinating ... Read full review

Contents

PART
1
PART II
73
PART III
163
A Time Line of Noise History
263
Common Terms Used in Discussions of Noise
271
Organizations That Deal with Noise
277
A Personal Noise Code
287
Bibliography
343
Acknowledgments
369
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About the author (2010)

Garret Keizer is a free lance writer, a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of six books, including the critically acclaimed Help and The Enigma of Anger. His essays and poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The Best American Essays, and The Best American Poetry. He lives with his wife in northeastern Vermont.

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