Sounds Like Titanic

Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs," the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she "plays" for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake. Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women, and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393651645
0393651649
Branch Call Number: B Hindman 2019
818.603 H662
Characteristics: xii, 250 pages ; 22 cm

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KatG1983
Apr 02, 2019

I found this memoir really fascinating - both the insane story of traveling around as a 'fake' violinist it, and the examination of life as a girl in America in that point in history. Parts of this story hit so close to home it was almost uncomfortable to confront. Hindman is an excellent writer, and the narrative style (writing in the 2nd person) is a really interesting choice.

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shelle9509
Mar 14, 2019

Loved this book and read it in two days. Yes I heard the author on NPR and is piqued my interest. A wonderful, silly, sobering, crazy coming of age memoir from a very talented writer (much more talented than her violin playing apparently).
It was so much more then about the series of "live concerts" that weren't but about Hindman herself, and her very personal and entertaining journey.
Terrific.

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StarGladiator
Feb 11, 2019

I heard this author being interviewed by NPR's Scott Simon [whom I have endlessly attempted to contact to provide me with at least one source to validate many of the fake news stories he has perpetuated over the years - - zero response form both Simon and NPR for over FORTY years now - - neither one is ever available for comment . . . or verification! ! !].
Outrageous! Hindman appears somewhat sociopathic, she takes zero responsibility for her ILLEGAL charade, instead blames the American public and somehow blames the // recent \\ outbreaks of fake news?!?!?!? Huh!!!!!
Both Simon and Hindman laugh it up, but what Hindman took part in was illegal, with up to a five-year prison term and a fine of $250,000. [Multiple copyright infringements; DMA violations, et cetera]
So Hindman went from being a fake violinist to fake academic - - sounds predictable.
[FYI: During the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, NPR's Simon had on some charlatan who claimed that Lee Oswald practiced at the rifle range every spare moment in order to become some kind of super sniper! What sheer nonsense! I corresponded, called and emailed NPR and Simon 237 times - - with ZERO RESPONSE - - all quite tactful, just seeking at least one source which could possibly verify such nonsense! Must be nice to have a zero responsible job for life like so many of those NPR frauds have?]

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