So Real It Hurts

So Real It Hurts Review

"So Real It Hurts is the perfect title for this collection. It's a mission statement. A few bleeding slices straight from the butcher shop. A sampler from an enormous archive of work that will, no doubt, be pored over by grad students, book lovers, film historians, music nerds and straight-up perverts a hundred years from now." —Anthony Bourdain, from the Introduction

Through personal essays, interviews, and poetic verse, punk musician and cultural icon Lydia Lunch claws and rakes at the reader's conscience in this powerful, uninhibited feminist collection. Oscillating between provocative celebrations of her own defiant nature and nearly tender ruminations on the debilitating effects of poverty, abuse, and environmental pollution, along with a visceral revenge fantasy against misogynistic men, Lydia Lunch presents her exploits without apology, daring the reader to judge her while she details the traumas and trials that have shaped her into the legendary figure she's become.

Inserted between these biting personal essays, Lunch's thoughtful cultural insights convey a widely-shared desire to forestall inevitable cultural amnesia and solidify a legacy for her predecessors and peers. Her interview with Hubert Selby Jr. and profile of Herbert Hunke, her short unromanticized histories of No Wave and of the late Sixties, and her scathing examination of the monetization of counterculture (thanks, Vivienne Westwood!) all serve to reinforce the notion that, while it may appear that there are no more heroes, we are actually just looking for heroes in the wrong places. The worthy idols of the past have been obscured by more profitable historical narratives, but Lunch challenges us to dig deeper.

So Real It Hurts pulls the reader into a world that is entirely hers—one in which she exacts vengeance against predators with an enviable ease and exerts an almost-sexual dominance over authority, never permitting those with power to hold on to it too tightly.

Title:So Real It Hurts
Edition Language:English

    So Real It Hurts Reviews

  • OutlawPoet

    So, the very first thing you need to know is that almost all of these essays were originally published elsewhere. This means if you're a huge fan of Lydia Lunch, you may have read almost all of these ...

  • Niklas Pivic

    As I read Lydia Lunch's autobiography, "Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary", I kept thinking two things: a. wow, she's been through a lot of things in her life so far, and b. she's not on planet Earth.This...

  • Kevin

    Lydia Lunch, the musician, poet and pioneer of the No Wave music genre (that rejected commercial New Wave music) was hailed by the New York Times as "the angriest punk of '70s New York." So Real It Hu...

  • Richard

    Four and a half stars, actually. For fans this is what we've come to expect, love, and admire. For the newly initiated, you might wish to check your physical and psychic health before proceeding as yo...

  • Genesis Britigan

    Beautifully filthy!!! Stark raving mad woman who is NOT afraid to lay it down like it is! Truly enjoyable!...

  • Steven Davis

    As always, Lunch doesn't disappoint, opens up and bleeds...Whether Spoken Word, Her films, recordings or writings...Picked up a copy from her when she passed thru town...Always get my $'s worth.SJD...

  • Angela

    Classic LL. Extremely thought provoking, disturbing, and honest. ...

  • La Luz

    Brutal and Real Lydia Lunch doesn't sugar coat the truth. This isn't for the softhearted goody twoshoes who wants a happy ending, ie the last chapter in this book....