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  • The too-loud music seemed to play at the wrong speed.

    Captured by Moonlight

  • You're in a plane, terrified of flying, sipping water in tiny bird sips to manage the panic attack and thinking, instead, of sex (it's the only thing that helps, honest), trying desperately not to hear those sounds, the too-loud flaps and creaks and hydraulic jerks unaccountably designed to sound precisely like "a wing starting to fall off".

    Rewind TV: Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet; U Be Dead; Mad Men; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; This is England '86

  • This is not your average "come and have a few drinks with us while we scream over the too-loud sound system" kind of party.

    Jen Consalvo: Hot Party, Cool Technologies

  • Tegan yelled into my ear during one of the too-loud slow songs.

    Kiss It

  • The bulk of the hospital felt heavy above me, like an avalanche waiting for a single too-loud noise to start it, and me getting ready to shout.

    Vicious Grace

  • He was tall and lanky and had his back to me, addressing the male clerk on duty in the too-loud voice of the slightly inebriated.

    The Viognier Vendetta

  • We've spent it eating delish cornmeal strawberry pancakes (the dogs got their Mickey Mouse pancake, per tradition) and singing along with too-loud music (Magnetic Fields, Johnny Cash, and Kristin Hersh, thus far) and painting the front room and some assorted pieces of furniture and reorganizing.


  • In between the too-loud cries, I occasionally heard genuinely caught breaths.

    Improbable Bodies

  • There was a too-loud voice, and too much aftershave, and then she was spun around.

    Secret Lives of Dresses #15 - A Dress A Day

  • There were a couple of too-loud tourists behind me in a booth jabbering away about nonsense, but otherwise the place was mostly empty.

    The Dadlands Saloon


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