Let Me Clear My Throat

Let Me Clear My Throat

by Elena Passarello

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Overview

From Farinelli, the eighteenth century castrato who brought down opera houses with his high C, to the recording of "Johnny B. Goode" affixed to the Voyager spacecraft, Let Me Clear My Throat dissects the whys and hows of popular voices, making them hum with significance and emotion. There are murders of punk rock crows, impressionists, and rebel yells; Howard Dean's "BYAH!" and Marlon Brando's "Stella!" and a stock film yawp that has made cameos in movies from A Star is Born to Spaceballs. The voice is thought's incarnating instrument and Elena Passarello's essays are a riotous deconstruction of the ways the sounds we make both express and shape who we are—the annotated soundtrack of us giving voice to ourselves.

Elena Passarello is an actor and writer originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She studied nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Iowa, and her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Slate, Iowa Review, The Normal School, Literary Bird Journal, Ninth Letter, and in the music writing anthology Pop Till the World Falls Apart. She has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest, originating roles in the premieres of Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge and David Turkel's Wild Signs and Holler. In 2011 she became the first woman winner of the annual Stella Screaming Contest in New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936747450
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 595,327
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elena Passarello is an actor and writer originally from Charleston, SC. She studied nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Iowa, and her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Slate, Iowa Review, Normal School, Literary Bird Journal, Ninth Letter and in the music writing anthology Pop Till the World Falls Apart. She has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest, originating roles in the premieres of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and David Turkel’s Wild Signs and Holler. In 2011, she became the first woman winner of the annual "Stella! Shout Out" screaming contest in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: SCREAMING MEMES
Down in the Holler
The Starlet
The Wilhelm Scream
The Motor Mouth
How to Spell the Rebel Yell
The Candidate
Communication Breakdown
The Zealot
Harpy
The Novice

PART TWO: TIPS ON POPULAR SINGING
Space Oddity
The Soprano
Judy! Judy! Judy!
The Contestant
Hey Big Spender
The Phoenix
And Your Bird Can Sing
The King
Teach Me Tonight
The Frontman

PART THREE: THE THROWN
The Interpreter
Please Hold
The Illustrator
Double Joy
The Illusionist
Playing Sick
The Shape-Shifter
A Monstrous Little Voice
The Amputee

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