They might play noise rock, but Sonic Youth has inspired a handful of scribes to put pen to paper.NOISE: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth
is just that—a collection of stories that use the band’s song titles as a jumping off point. The 21 reads are much like a Sonic Youth song: dark, edgy, and to-the-point, with most stories averaging eight pages. The first story, by J Robert Lennon, sets the tone with the tale of two befriended ghosts; from there, the various authors expound upon serial killer waitresses, severed hands, and general mayhem.
It may sound hokey, but it’s anything but, thanks to the gathered team of talented writers like National Book Award finalist Jess Walter and National Book Critics Circle finalist Mary Gaitskill. And it’s only the beginning—this is the first installment of the “Fiction inspired by…” series, with a follow-up centered on The Smiths set to be released this fall. While you wait, play Daydream Nation
on repeat and pull out your writing pad—you might find the band just as inspiring as these authors did.
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