Mr. Kessler, what noise drives you crazy? Dogs barking at night. The question of why makes me particularly nervous: Is he alone? is he hungry Fear? I’m not alone, Kurt Tucholsky’s famous complaint: “The dog is always barking. It barks when someone comes as well as when someone leaves – it barks in between, and when it has no reason, it barks at itself.”

What about mosquitoes?Their high-frequency whirring is insidious. But at least we know what they want from us. When noises are inexplicable, they can be particularly annoying.

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