Heard Melodies

‘Heard Melodies’ is a column in which the untold stories of music history are explored in a new light. If you are interested in contributing your own perspective on music, pop culture, and society, please contact us at hello@deadset.press.

Heard melodies are sweet

But those unheard are sweeter

John Keats

Girl Sweetvoiced

No more can be written of Sappho without assuming a certain reality that may or may not have existed, and really this is the nature of her mythology. That every element of her music is music-less is part of the Sapphic music. That Sappho’s lyre will never produce a tone again, stimulates the continuity of her music, the listening for what can’t be heard.

UK, Hun?

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has helped a weary nation through one of the bleakest winters in memory. So eat your heart out Shakespeare, revise that speech Churchill, frankly shut up Boris, it’s the queens of Series 2 that are giving me most to feel patriotic about in 2021.

Do I Love You?

The most valuable seven inches of polyvinyl chloride were pressed into shape over and over again in 1965 before the twenty-third of December, at a plant most likely somewhere in Detroit, Michigan.

About Me

Joshua Jones is a writer and the main literary-critic-in-residence at the Prague Writers’ Festival. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications, including Freedom, 3:AM, The Stinging Fly, and Literární.cz. His pamphlet Constructions is to be published in 2021 by Tall-Lighthouse.

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