Introduction written by the late Anthony Bourdain.
Lydia Lunch is a widely known icon of the New York No Wave and punk music and art scenes.
Lunch has been performing around the globe for over 40 years to critical acclaim.
Lunch has long been an outspoken critic of authoritarianism, most recently of Donald Trump’s administration.
Within the past 5 years, Lunch has been profiled by high-readership outlets such as NY Times, The Guardian, Vice, Jezebel, Spin, etc.
Lunch is slated to appear in the posthumous final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in the “Lower East Side” episode (screening at 2018 Food Film Festival in NY in October)
2018 marks 40-year anniversary of the groundbreaking No Wave music series at Artists Space (1978), which included Lunch’s band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.
“Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over,” a documentary about Lydia Lunch by renowned No Wave filmmaker Beth B, is currently in production.
“Lunch holds nothing back, providing rebellious, raunchy personal stories, scorching perspectives on the notion of mandatory motherhood, a purging glimpse at the nightmare of insomnia, and other themes. Amid these punchy personal revelations, the author layers honed essays with a broader scope…[It] seethes with the kind of urgency that reflects Lunch at her strongest. Lunch fans will enjoy her unleashed musings and the healthy rage that abound in these fierce essays.” —Kirkus Reviews
“So Real It Hurts proves that more than 40 years into her career, [Lydia Lunch]’s lost none of her blistering anger and astringent eloquence…This slim collection of potent essays, profane rants and astute cultural critiques sometimes reads like the writings of a hypnotic Beat poet…they are confrontational, confessional, electrifying and unforgettable.” —Shelf Awareness
“Lunch’s work is defiant, thrilling and unflinching. Her latest release, So Real It Hurts, is just so: an anthology of new and established writings that include everything from violent feminist revenge fantasies to diatribes on pollution and politics (and yes, Trump) in the Anthropocene epoch…[Her] sense of humour is dark, delightful and revelatory.” —The Guardian
“A feminist-anarchist manifesto that documents and critiques the modern age with a caustic, deliciously poisonous humor… In every essay, Lunch’s unique voice and militant perspective shine through—we live in a dire age, and she turns her lens on America and the world with a pen as raucous and painfully aware as its holder.” —i-D, VICE
“The collection is personal, it’s political, it’s self-indulgent, it’s empathic, it’s wise, its funny. It’s totally Lydia.” —The Pittsburgh Current
”Her prose is incantatory—a point is made, made again, sharpened, and stabbed. She delivers dark sermons of death, perversity, and need with relish…So Real It Hurts makes it obvious that Lunch has always been more than a heckler. She is a journalist at heart, a documentarian of the darkest impulses, unafraid to catalogue ugliness, to be ugly, and to mock.“ —Vol. 1 Brooklyn
”Lunch most definitely still works her dark magic via humour, horror and healing…It’s a full-on predatory psychic attack.“ —Dazed
”Lydia Lunch is a legend unlike any other. The performance artist, writer and musician is a firework unto herself…she has an uncanny ability to fuse words together like bullets. She doesn’t hold back. She’s the author of over ten books and she’s now releasing So Real It Hurts, a collection of essays published with Seven Stories Press, which includes 20 essays from diaristic rants to political scribes, with an introduction written by Anthony Bourdain.” —The Face
“Calling the writing of Lydia Lunch ’transgressive fiction’ falls way short of effectively categorizing the brutal, raw, obscene and honest words she bleeds. She has created her own genre of nonfiction and at present is its sole inhabitant.” —Michael Imperioli, actor and author of The Perfume Burned His Eyes
"Lydia Lunch’s utterly sane visionary madness goes right to the rotten core.” —Mark Cunningham, musician (Mars and Blood Quartet)
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