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Listening to/at/with Marilyn Lerner's "They're All in Families"

Kevin McNeilly

Published: 2008-12-04

Marilyn Lerner's audio-art composition "They're All in Families" (1998) re-works a sound clip from a virulently homophobic message left on an answering machine, turning hate-speech back on itself to expose the rhythms and textures of verbal violence.

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