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Will Work for Drugs


Lydia Lunch’s second book will provoke rage, awe, and infectious desire.

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What people are saying…

“Lydia Lunch is an American icon.”
Austin American-Statesman

“Lunch has defined the underground music and art scene for over thirty years. Predictable only in her unpredictability, she has exploited every creative outlet at her disposal, from film to books, photography to poetry.”
SF Weekly

Praise for Paradoxia:

“Lunch’s headlong plunge into manic devastation and corruption at times recalls the better work of William S. Burroughs . . . Strangely honest rantings from a modern-day Genet.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A gritty, autobiographical tale of hedonistic excess through three decades.”
Los Angeles Times

“Hubert Selby, Jr. famously said that he grew up feeling like a scream without a mouth. Lydia Lunch, one of his most celebrated—and most uncompromising—literary progeny, delivered scream mouth, teeth, blood, hair, sperm, knife, and adrenaline . . .”
Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight


No Wave founder Lydia Lunch’s first book, Paradoxia, proved that her presence is as strong on the page as it is on the stage. Her literary talents are even more impressive and varied in this iconoclastic and uncompromising collection. Whether crafting personal essays, short fiction, or interviews with fellow antiheroes Hubert Selby Jr. and Nick Tosches, Lunch dazzles in her ability to provoke discomfort and awe, terror and hope.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Published: 7/1/09
  • IBSN: 9781933354736
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750045


LYDIA LUNCH was the primary instigator of the No Wave Movement, and the focal point of the Cinema of Transgression. A musician, writer, and photographer, she exposes the dark underbelly of passion confronting the lusty demons whose struggle for power and control forever stalk the periphery of our collective obsessions. She is the author of Paradoxia and Will Work For Drugs.

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