Friday, 11 March 2011

Noise can get under the toughest skin

You might think given Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked movies he would be made of sterner stuff. But the Oscar winning director is taking an LA neighbour to court alleging noise nuisance.
Goethe’s quote: “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home” is appropriated for the Pulp Fiction director’s lawsuit.
He complains he can’t hear himself think to write, because of the racket from macaws in an adjacent private bird menagerie.
The TMZ celebrity gossip website has the story – and the legal document, which is well worth a look. My sympathy is always with those who are troubled by noise whether that of neighbours, traffic, flight paths.
I lived in an apartment once where the tenants on the floor below kept a dog, which they left unattended locked indoors when they went to work. If I was home during the day I was disturbed by the dog’s unhappy bark for hours at a time – it sounded like a baby crying.
Thirty-five years later the experience was the inspiration for my short story The New Tenant.

1 comment:

  1. Noise sensitivity increases with age.

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