So Real It Hurts

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 IntroductionThrou...

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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 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? Or was this authentic?

    So I decided to read *about*

    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? Or was this authentic?

    So I decided to read *about* Ms. Lunch before going back to this. And I'm so glad I did. I discovered a funny, raw, brash woman who bleeds authenticity in everything she does.

    And then I settle in to re-read this one.

    In So Real It Hurts, Lunch bares her soul in these essays. She doesn't care if you like them or not. She doesn't care if you agree or not. She simply tells her truth as she sees it and it's wonderfully refreshing.

    Some of the essays do betray a bit of sadness, many anger, but most have a slant, sarcastic view of the world that shows some innate humor.

    And then there's her essay about Trump. Here she leaves the humor and the wicked slant aside and she says everything she feels. And it is blistering.

    I like her. I want to learn more about her. And I'm very glad I read this

  • Angela

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

  • 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 throughout these different stories. As Anthony Bourdain says i

    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 throughout these different stories. As Anthony Bourdain says in his introduction:

    It's easier to get into Lunch's oeuvre by digging into it:

    That paragraph, to me, is indicative of Lunch's main strength as a writer; she's straightforward, almost exact, and doesn't give a toss about others think. She gives herself off as libertine, multi-dimensional, and manifest.

    Even some of her one-liners are exact and cut away debris:

    At the worst of times, I think Lunch wants to kick up dirt just because she's bored; her writing bears the hallmarks of the easily bored and ready-to-burst person. At the best of times, just that works to her advantage. Her writing is also a lot more on point nowadays than it ever has been, and more coherent:

    Her monograph about insomnia recalled William S. Burroughs for me:

    Some of her paragraphs read like the best of Hunter S. Thompson:

    Sure, she may lack the erudition that both blighted and elated writing from people like Jean Genet, Burroughs, and even Hubert Selby Jr.—an interview with whom is included in this book—but that often works for her, when she keeps her mind together; that's merely how I personally feel.

    Her monograph about Herbert Huncke enlightened me of his existence. Her short interview with Selby Jr. is nice, mainly because it's good and doesn't drag on. I don't know if she has it, but I think her seeming sense of getting bored quickly is something that also is her biggest self-made blessing.

    Her public speech on Donald Trump and his running legacy of kleptocracy is beauteous to read:

    All in all, this is a short, highly potent, and not-giving-a-fuck anthology of writing from Lydia Lunch. Read it, act, and move on to her music.

  • 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 transgression, she was always the smartest person in

    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 transgression, she was always the smartest person in the room."

    This slim collection of potent essays, profane rants and astute cultural critiques sometimes reads like the writings of a hypnotic Beat poet. On her insomnia, she writes, "Exhausted, but jacked up, like an electric rigor mortis that short-circuits the neurotransmitters, creating a dense fog of chronic irritation that can cloud even the simplest of tasks." Elsewhere, her opinions are strong and original. Ruminating on war, she opines, "Maybe war is just menstrual envy. If men bled every month as much as I do, maybe they wouldn't have such incredible bloodlust."

    Lunch's lacerating autobiographical essays detail her history of sexual and substance abuse and mental health problems. The powerful essay "1967" describes the post-traumatic stress she suffered from the ages of five to eight from the race riots raging outside her front door, as well as the war inside her home "as the favored daughter of a door-to-door salesman who couldn't keep his hands to himself." These take-no-prisoner essays are not for the faint-hearted, but they are confrontational, confessional, electrifying and unforgettable.

    Confrontational singer/poet/activist Lydia Lunch's "So Real It Hurts" collects her electrifying and unforgettable essays, rants and cultural critiques.

  • 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, the triumphs, the humor. I find her use of langu

    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, the triumphs, the humor. I find her use of language and narrative intoxicating. The essays are general short. Many have been published elsewhere. The book is an excellent, quick read that had me smiling throughout. I'm glad that it was concise and sad that it has ended.

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