THE SOUND OF UNDOING: A MEMOIR IN ESSAYS
Published March 1, 2023
The University of Nebraska Press
THE SOUND OF UNDOING deconstructs the way sound has overwhelmingly shaped the author's life. Each essay focuses on a different sound, some perceptible—like the sound of a loon call or gunshot—and others abstract—like the sound of awakening. Given a hypersensitivity to noise from which she has both suffered and benefited from since childhood, Towers uses these sounds as a starting point for making sense of past events. She reflects on the estrangement of a beloved sister, sexual abuse and assault, and the link between mental illness and noise in her family, as well as nature, religion, violence, and other themes.
Experimental in form and provocative in content, The Sound of Undoing also makes use of research on silence, nature, noise pollution, sound art, ASMR, and the acoustic environment in general. By exploring memories and feelings triggered by certain noises, this lyrical meditation untangles a life infused with meaning through sound.
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