POST-MORMON STORIES

Why I Relate to Tyler Glenn’s “Trash”

Yes, the controversial music video defaces sacred LDS symbols, but in doing so it brings to visceral life the nightmare journey of the apostate.

William Shunn
3 min readSep 23, 2022

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This essay was written in 2016.

In a dim, eerily lit hallway, a young bearded man with a hip haircut scowls at a defaced painting of the LDS prophet Joseph Smith.
Tyler Glenn confronts Joseph Smith and his insane aesthetician posse in a still from “Trash.”

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William Shunn

Writer, poet and puzzle maker. Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Author of The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He/him/Bill.