Talk about one hell of a pleasant surprise on what would otherwise have been a typical Monday draped in work and routine, Lauren Oyler, for Dazed Digital, listed out ten American authors worth giving a read this year alongside Lucy K Shaw, Sarah Jean Alexander, Chelsea Hodson, Ana Carrete, Catherine Lacey, Porochista Khakpour, Cassandra Gillig, Saeed Jones, Lindsay Hunter, and Mike Bushnell.
Compiling top ten lists is a delicate process, like baking an obscure ancestral pastry or cunnilingus. If a single person or entity appears on many top ten lists of approximately similar themes, the writer attempting a new (sort of) one faces a dilemma: make a glaring omission, or include someone obvious? In this case, a glaring omission is not an option. Virginia-based Seidlinger’s work as novelist, publisher-in-chief of the indie press Civil Coping Mechanisms, book reviews editor at Electric Literature, and general champion of indie lit has been described as “tireless” by some and “insane” by others(/himself). His new novel, The Fun We’ve Had, is an existential meditation on the past and future set on a coffin helmed by lovers floating on a symbolically endless sea.