“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by American Book Review

Now here’s a fun one, The Fun We’ve Had was reviewed by Lavinia Ludlow for the American Book Review. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The Fun We’ve Had is a philosophic commentary of a couple’s rise and fall, including all the fights, challenges, and conversations that happen in between. Michael Seidlinger took the ubiquitous dysfunctional relationship, its miserable realities and foreseeable demise, and presented it all in an unusual fashion: through the metaphor of being lost at sea in a coffin. His dream-like narration reads like a novel-length poem and tells a morbid tale of a couple’s heartbreaking downfall as they learn and unlearn how to love.

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“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by PANK

Joseph Michael Owens had some really great things to say about both The Fun We’ve Had and my obsession with the literary craft:

It’s nearly impossible to imagine Michael Seidlinger’s pen ever stopping. He’s already published more books than the majority of writers are likely to in their whole careers. The key feature of nearly everything Seidlinger writes is that it’s almost certainly guaranteed to be different than the last book he wrote. The only constant in Seidlinger’s writing—besides the shining quality of the prose—is change. Indeed, the only given is that he doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

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“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

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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” featured on Dennis Cooper’s Best of 2014 list

What a list–comprehensive, well-representative of indie/small press, and full of titles that elegantly cross the line of what we call “contemporary.” I’m excited to see that Cooper included “The Fun We’ve Had” on the list. There is no better honor than being recognized by one of the best literary citizens of all time. \m/ Dennis Cooper \m/.

 

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“The Fun We’ve Had” featured in Book Riot’s Great Big Guide to Indie 2014

Now this was a surprise. Alongside a number of excellent indie/small press titles, The Fun We’ve Had was listed by Liberty Hardy in her Great Big Guide to Indie 2014. Got to say, Liberty did her homework. Though you’ll think I’m biased because I’m included in the list, I really do think that this is one of the more fleshed out and representative year-end lists of 2014 (so far).

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The Fun We’ve Had reviewed by Full Stop

The Fun We’ve Had received a glowing review from Gabino Iglesias over at Full Stop. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The Fun We’ve Had is a smart novel that inhabits the interstitial spaces between reality and fantasy, life and death, love and hate. It also dares to explore that strange nonspace that lies between death and oblivion. This book, to be fully enjoyed, demands a curious reciprocity between reader and text because the reader becomes the couple and the prose morphs into a direct conversation, punctuated time and again by a question that interrogates on more than one level: “Are we having fun?” And the answer to that is a resounding “Yes.”

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Loren Kleinman interviewed me for The Huffington Post

Loren Kleinman interviewed me for the Huffington Post where she grilled me on everything from Civil Coping Mechanisms to the definition of Alt Lit. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

LK: How do you cope with rejection? How do you cope with resistance, meaning, how do you cope with doubt when writing?

MJS: It never gets any easier. It’s always there to fuck with your mood and maybe your day. I’m the guy that rereads a rejection 12 times, begins to cultivate some totally fictional hate-spun story about the reason for being rejected to make myself feel better. But I’ve gotten better at it lately. For the most part, I take the constant rejection in stride and figure that I’m going to keep trying no matter what so it doesn’t really matter. That’s what’s most important, I believe: Fight, retool, explore. Doubt is always there and it could easily be the death of your creative self. Don’t let it. Just keep going. Fight it by not backing down.

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The Fun We’ve Had reviewed by Beach Sloth

The Sloth has spoken with one hell of a review of the book. Here’s a brief snippet:

What better way to show love than floating endlessly on the sea in a coffin? This is the premise of Michael Seidlinger’s “The Fun We’ve Had”. Everything is stripped down to the essentials: two characters their interactions forming the bulk of the material. Most of their interactions are internal observations keen awareness of the dynamics of the relationship. From this incredibly bleak viewpoint there is a form of affection between the two. By alternating perspectives between these two lonely characters Michael Seidlinger engages in a compelling minimalism.

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Dazed Digital included me in the top ten American authors to read this year.

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.

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