By Peter Wild, Lee Ranaldo
For greater than twenty-five years, the antimelodic “noise” of Sonic formative years has assaulted us, exhilarated us, encouraged us. Why?
Katherine Dunn says this is because they function within the foggy international among the true and the surreal. Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic early life stuck her, years in the past, while she used to be falling. J. Robert Lennon says the reason for this is that Sonic formative years rip it aside. Emily Maguire was once hooked simply because as soon as she was once in love with chaos.
Their sound is caustic, elemental, nihilistic—and really in contrast to the other cult band ever to accomplish rock godhood. In Noise, twenty-one nice literary voices supply brief fiction in accordance with or encouraged by way of songs from Sonic Youth—a raucous coupling of song and literature that includes marrow-colored goo, severed palms and deserted infants, Patty Hearst observing the apocalypse on television, and different unruly pictures 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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She’d succumbed to it once, with little effect. It made her uncomfortable to feel the cold plastic pressed up against her skin. The vibrations sucked the joy out of the sensations she sought. She hid the device deep in her closet. Heather had come upon it once 38 when searching for a T-shirt. It made her giggle like a little girl. She danced around with it, waving it about like a magic wand, threatening to transform Sue’s clitoris into a pumpkin. Sue laughed along, though inside she cringed. Heather recognised the make of the device and dismissed it as archaic.
But under no conceivable circumstances would Ulla Shooks sacrifice decorum for comfort. No. She’d settle for the small, small comfort of knowing she did the right thing. , the Riggle’s Gap First Congregation Church of the Brethren’s biweekly bulletin, and began reading closely over the lists of deaths, births, calls for prayer, admonitions and aphorisms, and one or two good-natured, clean jokes. Ulla took care to turn the pages of the centre-stapled, single-fold publication by their corners to avoid the easily smudged ink.
I don’t mean to be rude but machines make me nervous, and yours is so small; it looks like a black eye. You remind me so much of my sister except she has more tattoos. She has twenty-seven. She got her first one when she was twelve. Have you talked to Colby Straith? You have, right? Yeah, he told me he talked to the lady from New York. I hope you don’t trust that guy because the thing is he’s kind of a rapist. If anyone should be in jail, it’s Colby fucking Straith ’cause when my sister was twelve, her and all those roughneck girls, the whole C-Town crew, they would go to Colby for tattoos, but he would just, well, you know, he said it was fair trade.