Let Me Clear My Throat 

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From Farinelli, the 18th 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.

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