Short Story in a Song— Sonic Youth’s “Pipeline/Kill Time” by S W Lauden

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You know how there are certain difficult books you’re supposed to read in your teens and twenties? Or at least have a copy on your bookshelf. I’m thinking of tomes like Finnegans Wake by James Joyce or Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Growing up, there were certain bands like that for me too. Sonic Youth topped my list. Everything about them fit my tastes, but I wasn’t ready to tackle their music. That is until I got 1987’s Sister. To this day, my favorite song from that album is “Pipeline/Kill Time.” It would make a great short story.

Forbidden love can be many things—intoxicating, exhausting, torturous—but taboo trysts often end terribly. Our protagonist is in one of those relationships, intensely entwined in a futureless affair. Given no alternative to breaking things off, he carves out a dark place in his soul where the two of them can be together without shame. It isn’t enough, but will have to suffice. He’ll keep his lover’s memory trapped there forever.


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S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATIONGRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.