The Fanzine published an amazing review of The Fun We’ve Had. Big shout out to James Yates for writing the review, Sarah Rose Etter for editing, Casey McKinney for making the review possible, and Blake Butler being all around awesome. Here’s a snippet from the review:
Seidlinger does craft a genuinely moving story about a relationship. There’s affection on both sides, even if the problems appear insurmountable. Throughout the experimental forms, there’s a genuine affectation the reader feels for these characters. And while the question isn’t meant to be an explicit one like “Will they survive?” or “Will they overcome their differences?,” little passages take on sweet, even old-fashioned sentiments in beautiful ways.
He wouldn’t be able to know without letting go, without letting the coffin float in that direction, the direction where only he can go, the direction where they part ways.
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“The Fun We’ve Had” is a Flavorwire must-read of May.
On February 18th, I was a guest alongside, Cameron Pierce, author of numerous titles, including Die You Doughnut Bastards, as well as editor at Lazy Fascist Press, as well as fellow writer, Gabriel Ricard, who writes for Drunk Monkeys and Cleft Jaw Press, on Bud Smith‘s The Unknown Show. For a solid 25 minutes, Bud and I talked The Fun We’ve Had, New York City, Civil Coping Mechanisms, and more.
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Thanks so much, Jamie, for the opportunity to be a “Featured Author” at Atticus Review for the month. There’s a whole lot of writing comprised within the feature… numerous manuscripts from future Civil Coping Mechanisms authors… as well as three excerpts of my own. One includes the first glimpse of my next book, “The Fun We’ve Had,” forthcoming in May of 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press.
I’ll provide a sample of Jamie Iredell’s introduction here, followed by a link to the feature at the bottom. You know, usual deal.
In a little over three years he’s published eight books. Eight fucking books. I admit, I’ve only read two of those (one of which, The Laughter of Strangers, is excerpted here in this special feature at Atticus Review), but if they are any indication of what all of his writing is like, it is lasting, full of great imagery and interesting characters, it is dark, dirty, and rushing. The man knows how to handle a plot. And, since Seidlinger spends so much of his time publishing, promoting, sharing, and generally giving props to the work of other writers, I wanted to give him a space. I wanted to promote Michael J. Seidlinger. But look at this guy: he’s so selfless, cares so much for the work of others, that he was more interested in sharing excerpts from the forthcoming Civil Coping Mechanisms books for 2014 than he was about publishing his own writing. So while we did get a few excerpts of Michael’s own writing for you to savor, you also gain a glimpse at Civil Coping Mechanisms’ 2014 catalog. And a great catalog it proves to be. If you’re at all like me, and you at all care about your place in your literary community, you’ll be thinking about the money you’ll need to save in advance so that you can afford all these great books soon to come.
Now I’m blushing. Click here for the feature.
Feeling a little down-and-out myself right now, so I’ll let Jeremy Maddux’s excellent podcast copy do most of the fighting, but Jeremy and I spoke for a little under an hour about everything from “Sugar” Willem Floures, the main character of my latest novel, “The Laughter of Strangers,” to Alt Lit and social media. I’m happy to have been featured on the podcast and hope my whiskey-rambling makes sense to those that listen.
I spoke with Michael Seidlinger about his latest novel, boxing centric The Laughter of Strangers, and his own shortlived boxing background. We also talked about relationships that may or may not have inspired the soul devouring Claire from My Pet Serial Killer, why you should change up your writing approach occasionally, where America goes from here after the Nuclear Family paradigm and the social networking phenomenon. This interview was a lot like a boxing match. Michael’s got a strong chin, took everything I threw at him!
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Eddy Rathke is one hell of an interviewer. As per the style of the interview series, 52 interviews 52 weeks, each interview being 5 questions, Eddy chose those questions wisely. Some really great ones. Here’s a sample from the interview:
Mb: Along with the books you seem to always be writing, you also took over Civil Coping Mechanisms. How has publishing affected your own writing? What is your goal as a publisher?
MJS: I kind of view this as two pieces of one heart, if you will—I’m extremely thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to publish such an amazing array of talent. I’d be lying if I said the publishing side didn’t cut into my own writing. Got no room for any complaints though: I love every moment of it, be it the buzzed, alcoholic moments shared between publisher and author at a bar a the dead end of night or the anguished research and accounting that goes with keeping the books in check. I’d rather die than let this opportunity go to waste.
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This one isn’t coming out until June of 2014 but the book cover fell into place earlier than expected. Here it is:
Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014.
The Laughter of Strangers
Available: November 24th, 2013
Lazy Fascist Press
Cover by Matthew Revert
Michael Davidson interviewed me about the debauchery that occurred at AWP this year. Before going into the interview, there is one term to memorize:
“Writerly” – 1) the act of being damn fucking writerly 2) snootiness without the stench of people getting high off their own farts 3) An inside joke.
It’s serious business. When you’re ready…
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