At times, Wolf uses the notation style to evoke barroom or car-stereo sounds: as the color commentary for a Yankees game or a Bruce Springsteen song drowns out Cincy’s beloved hip-hop, the font indicating the last of these becomes smaller and smaller, or the text of the lyrics simply cuts off. It’s an ingenious system, something like a Robert Altman film as seen through text alone.

In ‘Sound,’ T.M. Wolf’s experimental debut novel, dialogue that reads like musical notation | by Tobias Carroll | Capital New York

At times, Wolf uses the notation style to evoke barroom or car-stereo sounds: as the color commentary for a Yankees game or a Bruce Springsteen song drowns out Cincy’s beloved hip-hop, the font indicating the last of these becomes smaller and smaller, or the text of the lyrics simply cuts off. It’s an ingenious system, something like a Robert Altman film as seen through text alone.

In ‘Sound,’ T.M. Wolf’s experimental debut novel, dialogue that reads like musical notation | by Tobias Carroll | Capital New York

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