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Old 08.03.2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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In 2007 Serpent's Tail Press will release The Empty Page: Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Sonic Youth, featuring stories by: J.Robert Lennon, Arthur Nersesian, Ben Myers, Carlton Mellick III, Christopher Coake, Christopher Sorrentino, colette Phair, Emily Carter ,Emily Maguire, Kevin Sampsell, Laird Hunt Matt Thorne, Nathan Tyree, Mitch Cullin, Nick Flynn, Paul DiFilippo, Sam Ligon, Sam Lipsyte, Shelley Jackson, Steve Sherill.

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An interview with Nate Tryee (one of the writers):

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Old 08.18.2006, 12:50 PM   #5
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hi there
i'm the editor of the book - here is the list of contributors together with the songs that they're doing...


Protect Me You (1983) – Eileen Myles
The World Looks Red (1983) – Carlton Mellick III
Brother James (1983) – Emily Maguire
Freezer Burns / I Wanna Be Your Dog (1983) – Steven Sherrill
Shadow of a Doubt (1986) – Rebecca Godfrey
Death To Our Friends (1986) – J Robert Lennon
Providence (1988) – Paul Di Filippo
Kissability (1988) – Laird Hunt
That's All I Know (Right Now) (1990) – Katherine Dunn
Disappearer (1990) – Matt Thorne
My Friend Goo (1990) – Shelley Jackson
Come & Smash Me (1990) – Peter Wild
Dirty Boots (1990) – Samuel Ligon
Wish Fulfillment (1992) – Mary Gaitskill
Swimsuit Issue (1992) – Kevin Sampsell
Androgynous Mind (1994) – Colette Phair
Bull in the Heather (1994) – Scott Mebus
Tokyo Eye (1994) – Mitch Cullin
In the Mind of the Bourgeois Reader (1994) – Nathan Tyree
Sunday (1998) – Hiag Akmajian
Rain on Tin (2002) – Jess Walter
Unmade Bed / Pattern Recognition (2004) – Christopher Coake

Arthur Nersesian and Emily Carter Riolphe are also contributing but they haven't chosen their songs yet. The book will be published in the latter half of 07 but so far it's looking really good ...


If you have any questions, let me know!
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Old 08.18.2006, 01:03 PM   #6
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That's certainly interesting news. Sounds like a great idea for a project.
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Old 08.18.2006, 01:27 PM   #7
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It's funny that Death to our Friends is going to be one of the songs considering its an instrumental, how it will inspire fiction i do not know. They certainly will have a lot of room for interpretation.
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Old 08.18.2006, 03:41 PM   #8
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I should also say: this is the 2nd book in a series of 6: the first (out next June) is called Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall; the second is Sonic Youth .. after that, there'll be Ramones, Joy Division, Velvet Underground ...
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Old 08.18.2006, 04:16 PM   #9
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Oh, that sounds really cool. Thanks for the info.
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That is cool. Death To Our Friends should be a good one.

No one choose a song from Washing Machine?!
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Old 08.18.2006, 07:07 PM   #11
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freezer burn is going to be very, very rad.

but yeah, what alex said. i'd like to see a take on a washing machine tune.
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i'd wish they took on a Sister tune. pipeline/kill time, that would have been so cool.
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i'd wish they took on a Sister tune. pipeline/kill time, that would have been so cool.

yeah, really. four experimental jet set tunes, but nothing from sister. not knocking ejs, but... yeah.
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Old 08.19.2006, 02:09 AM   #14
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wow this is such a cool way to pay tribute to sonic youth. An innovative idea for an innovative band. Ill def read this when it comes out.
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i'd wish they took on a Sister tune. pipeline/kill time, that would have been so cool.
I didn't realize that there wasn't a Sister tune. I think I only noticed the WM thing was because there were so many EJST&NS ones that I paid more attention there.
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Old 08.19.2006, 03:27 AM   #16
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I guess it comes down to the fact that each author took a look at the back catalogue (in isolation from one another) and chose the song that lit their creative fires... it's only really me (the editor) and you (the reader) who get to see the book in its totality. and all I can do, really, is invite cool writers to contribute. I can't really say - you have to pick a song offof a particular album because that's too ... prescriptive ... so you get what you get, I suppose ...
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On second look of that list, i have something else to say.Tell one of the authors that "Thats all I know Right Now" ISNT A SONIC YOUTH SONG, its a neon boys song.
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My rule is - if the band have performed it, it's a song title the authors are allowed ... Given that Sonic Youth have done a heck of a lot of covers in their time, it struck me as a little off to invite authors to contribute and then say, 'Oh you can't have that one because it's a cover...' Plus, I checked with Kim and Lee and they were fine with it, so ...
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I guess it comes down to the fact that each author took a look at the back catalogue (in isolation from one another) and chose the song that lit their creative fires... it's only really me (the editor) and you (the reader) who get to see the book in its totality. and all I can do, really, is invite cool writers to contribute. I can't really say - you have to pick a song offof a particular album because that's too ... prescriptive ... so you get what you get, I suppose ...
Well, of course. I was just suprised that Washing Machine didn't light anyone's creative fire.
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Well, of course. I was just suprised that Washing Machine didn't light anyone's creative fire.

A couple of writers (Arthur Nersesian and Emily Carter) have still got to pick so maybe they'll set the record straight. I'm surprised nobody went for Teenage Riot ...
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