Beach Sloth reviewed “The Fun We’ve Had” airport performance art piece. About 24 hrs since the completion of the piece, I’ve only just begun to recuperate. I’ve got enough energy to post about this excellent review. Thanks Beachy for continually being awesome. A sample from the review:
Love is what is keeping Michael Seidlinger going in the Seattle airport, besides alcohol, coffee, and airport ‘food’. It is hard to eat in an airport when everything costs thirty five dollars. Michael Seidlinger knows this well. His mind has begun seeing things, like electrical outlets where there are none. Life without Internet in an airport is a tough life indeed. Nobody wants to go too long without having a kind of recharging station. Everybody is a digital person now whether or not they choose to be. The Internet life is one of hard-work, relevance, and little pay.
Click here for the full review.
The Sloth has spoken.
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.
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.
Click here for the full review.
“The Fun We’ve Had” is a Flavorwire must-read of May.
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.
Click here to listen.
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.