So Real It Hurts by Lydia Lunch

So Real It Hurts

"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 IntroductionThrough personal essays, interviews, and poetic verse, punk musician and cultu...

Details So Real It Hurts

TitleSo Real It Hurts
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSeven Stories Press
GenreMusic, Writing, Essays, Poetry, Nonfiction, Sexuality, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews So Real It Hurts

  • 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 book, which is a short collection of articles, ruminations, interviews, and monographs on a variety of subjects—including some poetry—is much more bound down.Lunch being Lunch, is not dinner; nor dog food. Caustic is the word that drips througho...
  • 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 before.Now, I picked this up knowing almost nothing about Lydia Lunch. I started reading and I stopped. You see, I wasn't sure what I was dealing with. Was this some rage-filled mash up of Holden Caulfield and Milo Yiannopoulos with a far left bent? ...
  • 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 Hurts proves that more than 40 years into her career, she's lost none of her blistering anger and astringent eloquence. In his introduction, the late Anthony Bourdain wrote, "During a period that is still considered a golden time for art, music, and tr...
  • 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 you are about to be transformed as Ms. Lunch takes you on a journey through truth seeking and myth making as distilled her forever toxic, forever cleansing mind, body, and soul. This is a narrative of her ride through life, her experiences, the horrors...
  • Angela
    Classic LL. Extremely thought provoking, disturbing, and honest.