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BRING THE NOISE: THE BEST POP CULTURE ESSAYS FROM BARRELHOUSE
Over the past decade, readers have learned to count on Barrelhouse to publish inventive, irreverent essays by authors exploring the ways their lives have been shaped by their pop culture obsessions. BRING THE NOISE is a collection of the magazine’s greatest hits, plus five new pieces produced exclusively for this anthology. Inside, a roster of accomplished and respected authors grapples with a wide range of topics, including Thin Lizzy, dive bars, Barry Bonds, Bob Dylan’s beard, pro wrestling, The Hills, roller derby, Adrian Grenier, and Magnum, P.I.
Passionate, insightful, and funny, this collection is simultaneously a celebration and a critical dissection of the ways in which pop culture affects us all.
here’s what a few high rollers had to say:
The troubled minds behind Barrelhousehave done it again: this book is hilarious, outrageous, and frequently profound. It is also, arguably, the most important document yet produced in the growing field of Patrick Swayze Studies. – Owen King, author of Double Feature
Bring the Noise blasts the old notion that literature is inevitably late to the news, a bit out of sync with the moment. It’s all here, the way we live right now, in all its mess and glory and confusion. And not a dull note in the house. –Paul Lisicky, author of Unbuilt Projects and Lawnboy
table of contents
Introduction: On the Stupid Things We Love
by Tom Mcallister, Barrelhouse nonfiction editor
Before Adrian Grenier Got Famous
by Sarah Sweeney
by Paul Crenshaw
Home of the Poor and Unknown
by Chad Simpson
All Aboard the Bloated Boat: Arguments in Favor of Barry Bonds
by Lee Klein
by Johannes Lichtman
Irish on Both Sides
by Tom Williams
For the Love of Good TV
by Melanie Springer Mock
This is Not Their Job: The Never-ending Reality of The Hills
by Patrick Brown
by W. Todd Kaneko
A Myopic Appreciation of Roller Derby
by Louisa Spaventa
Home From the War
by Steve Kistulentz
What it Means to Grow Bob Dylan’s Beard
by John Shortino
Return to Oz
by Matt Sailor
We Know the Drill
by Leslie Jill Patterson
This Essay Doesn’t Rock
by Joe Oestreich
by Nic Brown
by Jill Talbot
the illustrated story: On Tubes, by Ted Stevens
by Brian Furuness, comicked by Kevin Thomas
the swayze question
What’s your Favorite Patrick Swayze Movie?
OUR LATEST ISSUE: BARRELHOUSE 11
Barrelhouse 11 features new fiction from Edward Porter, Dave Madden, Sarah Rose Etter, Matthew Vollmer, and more, essays on Jersey Shore, rollercoasters, hipsters, and the Three Stooges Museum, and poetry from Justin Marks, Shanna Compton, Gina Myers, and lots of others. Plus, Ian Stansel interviews Hal Hartley. What’s Hal Hartley’s favorite Patrick Swayze movie? You’re going to have to buy Barrelhouse 11 to find out.
This issue also features artwork from Dean Haspiel and Joe Infurnari of Trip City, and an amazing illustrated story, “Me and Gin,” written by Lindsay Hunter and comicked by Jordan Jeffries.
Be the first on your block to have Barrelhousey goodness delivered straight to your door! Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.
We publish great work by established and emerging writers. We’ve interviewed the Hold Steady, Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Emmylou Harris, Hal Hartley, and others. We’ve run special sections on Patrick Swayze, Crime, Roller Derby, Dive Bars, and the Future.
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Barrelhouse Ten is a heaping helping of fiction, poetry, and essays, including the winners of our Barrelhouse Invitational: Crime Edition. We’ve got fiction from the likes of Barrett Travis, Christine Sneed, Jen Fawkes, and Gabe Durham, poetry from Melissa Broder, Steve Kistulentz, and Christie Ann Reynolds, and essays about Before Adrien Grenier Got Famous (about, you will have to trust us, so much more than the star of Entourage), heavy metal screams, and coming to grips with (the twin horrors of) getting older and going to a John Mayer concert.
But wait, there’s more! Our Crime Section includes work from Chad Simpson, Mary Biddinger, Michelle Dove, Art Taylor, and Tara Laskowski. Plus we partnered with the wonderfully named Diarmid Mogg of the wonderful site Small Town Noir, and asked some of our favorite writers — Stewart O’ Nan, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevinger, Brian Evenson, Paula Bomer, and Randall Brown — to write fictional pieces to match Small Town Noir’s real stories of real mug shots rescued from the New Castle, PA police department, and taken from the 1930s through the 1950s.
All of that stuff, plus the illustrated story “Unbecoming,” written by Emma Straub and illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber.