“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by the Fanzine

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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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I wrote about Sun Kil Moon’s “Benji” for the Fanzine

Talk about a modern classic. Talk about an album that never gets old. Sun Kil Moon’s “Benji” is a snapshot of heavy feeling and I attempted to say something about its beauty in this article/interpretive review. Here’s a taste:

Why am I telling you all this? This is what Kozelek is doing in Benji. He is taking experience and exhuming it, letting it lay there, for us all to listen and see. He is showing his life and the lives around him, and, in doing so, he is creating a dialogue wherein you end up exploring your own. He is exploring what has happened in hopes of finding what has yet to come to pass. We’re all going through crises, existentialist worry and despair, dealing with the questions that flutter around our heads at the oddest of times. It could involve your career choice, or lack of a career choice. It could be due to your art, your writing—am I going anywhere with it? Am I reaching an audience? Or, to be plainer and far more on-point and realist, it could be about simply whether or not you’re making the most of your days. We should make the most of our days. We shouldn’t worry so much. We shouldn’t treat anxiety like a personality trait.

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