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

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PublicAffairs, May 4, 2010 - Science - 400 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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User Review  - bas615 - LibraryThing

This was a book I was really looking forward to. Unfortunately, I wound up being very disappointed. It turned out to be a polemic that I struggled mightily to get through. The argument being presented ... Read full review

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User Review  - IslandDave - LibraryThing

Keizer's Unwanted Sound documents how society has largely ignored the problem of noise pollution as 'progress' advances through the years. As we get 'everything we want', including snowblowers ... Read full review

Contents

PART
1
PART II
73
PART III
163
A Set of Resources
261
Notes
289
Bibliography
343
Acknowledgments
369
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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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