Welcome to Litro #151: the Adrenaline issue
For this issue we asked for stories on exploring when exactly we feel that moment of Adrenaline rush? How do you get your fix of Adrenaline, and those moments of strong emotion?
The science: Adrenaline is a stress hormone secreted from the adrenal glands on the kidneys. It plays a major role in preparing the body for a fight-or-flight reaction in threatening environments. This happens when the brain communicates to the glands that there will be a need for a fight-or-flight response.
The cause of an adrenaline rush need not be an actual physical threat but can also be an imagined threat, strenuous exercise, heart failure, chronic stress, anxiety or a disorder of the brain or adrenal glands.
The reward: Sex: We open the issue with Look at Me, by Sarah Wilkinson, a story about the rush of excitement experienced by a young girl and her illicit sexual relation- ship between a married older man.
Misadventure: In Playing Games, by Rebecca Lawn, a young daughter – in seeking the affection of her father- finds that three will always be a crowd, an attempt to shake off her mother –in-law leads to a near death swim.
Fear: In Toni Ford’s, I Died and Went to Hell in Hong Kong, Toni Ford narrates
an experience in Hong Kong, where a game designed for participants to experi- ence their own death gives the inevitable traumatising experience.
In Smiley Face, by Sam Gilbert, the sporting career of a young American Football star is cut short abruptly on the playing field leading to soul searching and a .22 pistol.
Donna Stefano, gives us The Calm After the Tear Gas, about an encounter with tear gas at Qalandia checkpoint outside of Ramallah in 2009.
Fight-or-Flight: Just Noise by Kieran Gosney, is a piece about how the accept- ance of and desire for noise in music has changed over time, and its relationship of that change to our environment. It goes into how noise affects the body and mind, and how noise music fans tap into primal fight- or-flight responses for their thrill. Touching on how culture has learnt to normalise louder and more dissonant sounds, the modern world’s discomfort with silence
and the difference between the reactions to Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring premiere and the Japanese noise band Hanatarashi’s infa- mous bulldozer performance. In case you’re wondering—Hanatarash was a noise unit from Osaka, founded in 1983 by Yaman- taka Eye, the name Hanatarash literally means “Sniveller”, i.e. a person with a snotty or runny nose.
Our cover artist this month is Emma Coyle, her work has featured in the magazine’s such as the Sunday Times Style supplement, with exhibitions taking in the at Saatchi Gallery. Emma say’s her inspiration often comes after visiting exhibitions in galleries and museums which deal with contemporary art, fashion design, past art movements and cultural history .She finds that it allows her to focus on the importance of working with different themes, and always to push the boundaries of her comfort zone.
You can read our artist profile interview with Emma on page 49.
Editor in Chief