Rat Girl

Here’s a super smart review of Kristin Hersh’s new memoir.

The Throwing Muses’ debut album remains one of my favorite LPs. You can get it as part of the In A Doghouse compilation. All of the band’s work is well worth investigating, as is Kristin’s half-sister Tanya Donelly, with whom I did some touring early in the century.

Throwing Muses — Hate My Way

I could be a smack freak
And hate society
I could hate God
And blame Dad
I might be in a Holocaust
Hate Hitler
Might not have a child
And hate school
I could be a sad lover
And hate death
I could be a neuro
And hate sweat
I hate my way
I make you in to some
I can’t rise above the church
I’m caught in a jungle
Vines tangle my hands
I’m always so hot and it’s hot in here
I say it’s all right
My pillow screams too
But so does my kitchen
And water
And my shoes
And the road
I have a gun in my head
I’m invisible
I can’t find the ice
A slug
I’m TV
I hate
A boy was tangled in his bike forever
A girl was missing two fingers
Gerry Ann was confused
Mr. Huberty
Had a gun in his head
So I sit up late in the morning
And ask myself again
How do they kill children?
And why do I want to die?
They can no longer move
I can no longer be still
I hate
My way