In Theory, This Will Be Fun

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The book comes out in a few days—publication date: May 13th, 2014. In celebration (or should I say in mourning?) of the book’s release, I’ll be sleepless and technically homeless, doing… something and I don’t know why.

In a big way, being in an airport is a lot like being lost at sea. So many places and possibilities to drift, but not if you don’t already know where it is that you’re going.

I don’t know where I’m going.

That’s why I’m not going anywhere.

I’ll be living in an airport for 48hrs.

Beginning 10AM on Wednesday May 14th through Friday May 16th around 10AM: Going nowhere and probably getting into some shit. There’s a good chance I will no longer be human by the end of it. There’s a pretty damn good chance that I’ve never been human. Not to worry, I’ll be online and active during the entire thing.

Odds are you’ll hear from me, be it a tweet, a post on Facebook, or a photo/video on Instagram. I’ll be calling out to everyone while I’m stranded in a state of flux. I’ll also have one of my best writer friends around, Kyle Muntz, hanging around, surviving this ridiculousness with me.

Might as well repeat it; saying it more than a few times makes it sound less insane to me: I’ll be living in an airport for 48hrs in celebration, and mourning, of the publication of “The Fun We’ve Had.”

Yes I’m serious. Look how serious I am:

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Will it be fun? I hope so. If not, I’ll be at the airport bar.

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“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by Gabriel Ricard for Drunk Monkeys

Among one of the first reviews of the book, Gabriel Ricard nailed it with his review of “The Fun We’ve Had” over at Drunk Monkeys. Here’s a glimpse:

Don’t take anything for granted, and don’t expect what you believe about death to fill in the blanks. The only thing you can be sure of is the proven range of Seidlinger’s imagination restating itself here, and of his ability to take something like slipping the murky depths of eternity (the book is appropriately broken down into the stages of grief), and turn it into an apocalyptic, poetic, and existential fairytale.

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Click here for the full review.

The Laughter of Strangers reviewed by Bookslut

Gabino Iglesias reviewed The Laughter of Strangers for one of the longest-running online magazines, the well-known and well-regarded Bookslut. It’s taken me quite a long time to post this on the blog because any and all attempts to “quote” a selection from the review has resulted in quoting the entire review. Damn, this is fucking difficult. Okay, random snippet from the review is as follows:

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An unexpected element of The Laughter of Strangers that merits being mentioned is the way Seidlinger uses the page. Instead of filling the page, the narrative here seems deliberately placed. As a result, blank space takes on a multiplicity of meanings and single sentences seem to be under a spotlight.

The Laughter of Strangers is a brave attempt at decoding identity by looking at it through a media microscope that’s stained with insanity. Seidlinger has made a name for himself by writing odd narratives with a smart edge, and this fast-paced and paranoid tale of a shattered psyche in a decaying body is his best outing yet.

Click here to read the full review.

 

Bud Smith interviewed me as part of his live talk show, “The Unknown Show”

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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Click here to listen.

I Am Other People

I had an awesome time talking with Brad Listi for the Other People podcast this past week. The episode is now available for listening. As a long time fan/listener of the show, being a guest is, what you might expect, a dream. Brad’s an awesome guy and extremely talented at facilitating a conversation in a casual and natural way. Never, not even once, did it feel like we weren’t just two people hanging out, shooting the shit.

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The Laughter of Strangers reviewed by Alt Lit Gossip

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Two heavy metal horns up for this one. Chris Dankland, prolific blogger, literary critic and all around awesome guy has begun reviewing books for Alt Lit Gossip and chose “The Laughter of Strangers” to be the first! Here’s a sample from his review:

this book made me think a lot about the internet game and how that applies to becoming a successful writer/artist — people tend to exaggerate certain things about themselves to create an interesting online persona, so they can build an audience and reach readers

the novel’s title ‘The Laughter of Strangers’ showcases the kind of high anxiety and psychological nightmare you can easily fall into if your core identity/self of worth is largely derived from how an audience perceives you

Click here for the full review.

New Work Highlighted in “Featured Writer Series” at Atticus Review

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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.