“The Fun We’ve Had” & “The Face of Any Other” listed in Flavorwire’s 25 Great Books You Might Have Missed in 2014

“I’ve only recently discovered the writing of Michael J Seidlinger, whose work is beginning to remind me of a kind of 21st century David Markson. He’s prolific and talented and we should all read together to try to figure him out.”
— Jonathon Sturgeon


The end of the year is approaching and you’re looking for a little extra present: a stocking stuffer? A Secret Santa gift? Or perhaps you just want to read off the beaten track? Regardless of your reason for book-consumption, here is a roundup some of our personal favorites, some titles that you might not find on the big end-of-year lists but which we think you should absolutely check out anyway — whether they’re from indie presses, or they cover taboo topics, or they’re a cookbook in a novel-saturated world.

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“The Fun We’ve Had” included in Flavorwire’s The Best Indie Literature of 2014 So Far


“The indie lit stars of today are the bestsellers of tomorrow.” This is how lists like this tend to start out, and it’s a proclamation that may well prove correct in one or two cases. But what’s even more important is that in the last few years, which have found them publishing more stellar books than ever, independent presses have breathed new life into literature (and especially American literature). The authors these small presses publish might be classified as “up-and-coming,” but their individual futures are less crucial to publishing that the movement they’re all a part of: indie literature is changing the landscape radically by allowing writers room to experiment.

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“The Fun We’ve Had” listed as a must-read of May

“The Fun We’ve Had” is a Flavorwire must-read of May.


Despite the fact that the rain and cold have stubbornly refused to leave some parts of the US, it’s spring, and spring means things are in bloom. Sure, we’re talking about flowers, but we’re also talking about a bunch of debut novels, along with a few new books by some veterans. All of it is very exciting. May’s calender is so good, in fact, that we also have to fit in mentions of Young God by Katherine Faw Morris, The Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger, and Dan Barber’s exploration into the future of food, The Third Plate. All of those books are great enough to be on this list, but we could only fit the following ten.

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How Do You Deal with Criticism? Jason Diamond Asked.

Jason Dimond asked a bunch of writers about how they deal with criticism for Flavorwire. He asked me and here’s what I said:

I’m the obsessive type. I’ll read every single review, every single email, every single rejection, every single damn Goodreads/Amazon review. I’ll read between the lines, looking for something that’s probably not there. I’ll take it personal. I’m aware of this character flaw so I steel myself and take a step back. I take it as objectively as possible. I look for a cue, something that pulls out the valuable nuggets from even the most negative criticism. I look for something constructive. If it’s not there, because it can’t always be there, I’ve got those friends and allies, those maniacs that remain at a writer’s side throughout good and bad. But ultimately, I don’t think anyone ever gets used to negative criticism. Either you grow numb or the negative undercurrent is always somewhat visible, audible, poking out from every batch of good reviews. The best anyone can do is steel up and remain objective. If not, a stiff drink and a night of friendly conversation never hurts to remind you that we’re all human and, in some way, hurting.


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PS – I totally just stole that image Jason used for the article (it was too good to not steal).

The Laughter of Strangers included in Flavorwire’s 10 Books to read in November


The Laughter of Strangers‘s publication date is fast approaching and DAMN if it hasn’t been given one hell of a nod. The book is listed as one of Flavorwire‘s notable books of November. Other titles include This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell, Hill William by Scott McClanahan, and The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg. Man, what a list! Big thanks goes out to Jason Diamond for including the book. Here’s what he said about the book:

Unexpectedly, Michael J. Seidlinger has given us the boxing novel of the year. The Laughter of Strangers is a tough and gritty book that will challenge you page after page, but it is oh so worth it.

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