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 Introduction"So Real It Hurts is the perfect title for this collection. It's a mission sta...

Details So Real It Hurts

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

Reviews So Real It Hurts

  • 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? ...
  • 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...
  • Genesis Britigan
    Beautifully filthy!!! Stark raving mad woman who is NOT afraid to lay it down like it is! Truly enjoyable!
  • Angela
    Classic LL. Extremely thought provoking, disturbing, and honest.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.