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House Shows, Couch Swaps, and Roommate Swaps. Genres, Subgenres, and Post-genres. With its confessional language and intimate tête-à-tête style, Radio Cacophony pulls us into one woman’s familiar-yet-singular world of social anxiety, sexuality, and musical discovery. In these short vignettes centered around a college radio station in the early aughts, Michelle Dove builds ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published September 19th 2016 by Big Lucks Books
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Did I love this book of brief vignettes about college life and working at a radio station? I did love this book of brief vignettes about college life and working at a radio station. Will I be shelving it on my bookshelf beside Nick Hornsby’s High Fidelity? Will I, in fact compare it for the rest of my days to a bookish version of Empire Records? The likelihood is high, though, as they say, only time will tell. It may, in fact, become the case that I will one day begin to describe Empire Records ...more
It is a distinct pleasure to read a book so emotional and intimate (and so accurately depicting the things we did when we were young that it makes you call up that terrible cliche "on thank god there was not facebook back then so that the whole world was not privy to that time we took a bunch of ecstasy and broke into the park an spun in circles on the tire swing for 4 hours while drinking tequila out of pint glasses because it made us feel like we were floating"). It's even more delightful to ...more
Michelle Dove has created a beautiful, breezy book about life in a surreal work environment--a community radio station--, about navigating college friendships, about being young and figuring out what home looks like, and about the inevitability of change. I loved the time I spent with this book. My copy is filled with underlines and annotations. There are so many wonderful sentences to enjoy, but the one that means the most to me is, "But what does home feel like anyway--and when do you know ...more