Fiction Inspired by The Smiths
By Peter Wild
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061669309, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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The music of the Smiths and their iconic frontman Morrissey is beautiful, witty, melancholic—music that makes outsiders feel as though they are part of something. Now an eclectic collection of acclaimed, up-and-coming writers lets their love of the band, its words and music, manifest itself in literary form with smart, emotion-filled, Smiths-inspired short fiction.
In Please, edited by Peter Wild, love blooms by the cemetery gates and the death of a Miami disco dancer inspires a new TV show. Shoplifters of the world unite to tug a reluctant aardvark from a hole, while a naked birthday rendition of "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" is beamed across the globe. Here is fiction that melds the worlds of music and literature while celebrating the unique artistic contributions of one of the most beloved bands of the past two and a half decades.
Peter Wild is the editor of a series of fiction anthologies based on the songs of rock and pop bands. His articles and fiction have appeared in The Independent (London), The Guardian (London), The Big Issue, Word Riot, NOÖ Journal, and 3:AM magazine.
Host Guy Raz talks with Peter Wild, the editor of Please: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths. More at NPR.org
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