by Michael J. Seidlinger


by Michael J. Seidlinger


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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

When you are born, the first thing you do is scream. Be it a response to fear, anger, sadness, or happiness, the scream is a declaration of being alive.

The metal vocalist cupping the microphone blares out a deafeningly harsh scream. The drill instructor screams out commands to their soldiers. And then there's the bloodcurdling screams we know from horror films. A scream has many meanings, but it is an instinctive and reflexive action that, at its core, reveals raw emotion.

Investigating popular and alternative cultures, art, and science, Michael J. Seidlinger tracks the resonance of the scream across media and literature and in his own voice.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501386756
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2022
Series: Object Lessons
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 136
File size: 282 KB

About the Author

Michael J. Seidlinger is a Filipino American author of Anybody Home? (2022) and other books. He has written for, among others, Wired, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Goodreads, The Observer, Polygon, The Believer, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches at Portland State University and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. You can find him online on Twitter (@mjseidlinger) and Instagram (@michaelseidlinger).

Table of Contents

Voice (Prologue)
1. A Scream in the Night
2. Stand and Deliver
3. Speak Up, Shout Out
4. Howl at the Wall
5. A Rollercoaster of Emotions
6. “OMG I'm Screaming”
The Body (Epilogue)

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