Please : fiction inspired by The Smiths

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of Homestead Fiction FIC Plea
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC Plea
 
 
Summary
As he did with Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, editor Peter Wild has pulled together an eclectic list of talented writers who take their cue from one of the world's best loved bands--The Smiths. Please is sure to please fans of The Smiths, Morrisey, and guitarist Johnny Marr--as well as contributors such as Nic Kelman, Willy Vlautin, and Catherine O'Flynn.
Contents
Ask / Gina Ochsner
This charming man / Mike Gayle
Heaven knows I'm miserable now / Kate Pullinger
Bigmouth strikes again / Nic Kelman
Shoplifters of the world unite / James Flint
Girl afraid / Rhonda Carrier
Back to the old house / Graham Rae
Stop me if you've heard this one before / Willy Vlautin
I won't share you / David Gaffney
Oscillate wildly / Alison MacLeod
Sweet and tender hooligan / Charlie Williams
You've got everything now / Catherine O'Flynn
I want the one I can't have / Matt Beaumont
Nowhere fast / Jeremy Sheldon
There is a light that never goes out / Helen Walsh
Rush and push and the land is ours / Peter Wild
Jeane / James Hopkin
The Boy with a thorn in his side / John Williams
Some girls are bigger than others / Jenn Ashworth
Paint a vulgar picture / Scarlett Thomas
Cemetry gates / Mil Millington
Death of a disco dancer / Nick Stone
The Queen is dead / Jeff Noon
Stretch out and wait / Chris Killen.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The quirky English rock band the Smiths was among the most literary of bands. There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more, lead singer Morrissey once sang. The 24 contributors herein aren't household names. A few hail from Morrissey's Manchester, the others from the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Wales, and other parts of England. As editor Wild notes, the Smiths seemed a bit of a secret even when they became popular, for the argot of the Smiths was the articulation of your every inadequacy. They seemed to know what their fans thought and expressed it in their songs. The collection reflects that perception. The stories aren't about the band, though sometimes band members figure in them; for instance, Chris Killen's Stretch Out and Wait is about an imagined visit to Morrissey's grave (the singer's actually still alive). Most of the authors try to evoke an overall Smithsian mood (fatalistic miserablism meets intense yearning), as Rhonda Carrier puts it, in stories full of resignation, despair, and dark humor. A must for Smiths fans.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Smiths (Musical group) -- Influence.
Short stories, English -- 21st century.
Alternative rock music -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Harper Perennial,2010
Contributors Wild, Peter, 1972-
Language English
Notes "Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2009 under the title Paint a Vulgar Picture by Serpent's Tail"--T.p. verso.
Description xii, 272 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780061669309 (pbk.)
006166930X (pbk.)
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