Benoit Lelievre with an astonishingly honest review of The Laughter of Strangers.
THE LAUGHTER OF STRANGERS, by Michael J. Seidlinger takes an honest swing at the boxing novel, yet it’s a boxing novel that’s not about boxing. That’s why I think it is quite successful at what it’s trying to do.
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Now this is a pleasant surprise. Zona Noua translated an excerpt from “The Laughter of Strangers” into Romanian and there’s a book too, full of awesome writers like Daniel Bailey, Gabby Bess, Mike Bushnell, Ana Carrete, Noah Cicero, Juliet Escoria, Mira Gonzalez, Sarah Jean Alexander, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Ashley Opheim, Sam Pink, and Lucy K. Shaw.
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The Laughter of Strangers has been given a little bit of a nod with a mesmerizing, critical review by Andrea Longini for The Believer. Here’s a glimpse of what she discussed:
At times it seems that our online personas are destined to become nothing more than a graveyard, a landfill for multiple competing identities in an endless game that simply cannot be won. In that sense, the right question is not even how to win the game of personal branding, it is in the larger philosophical question of how we can assume heaviness and lightness in our own identities. Enough of using shallow techniques to generate audience reaction, The Laughter of Strangers seems to suggest. Let us instead consider what framework we adopt to determine what has repercussions in life, and what doesn’t.
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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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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:
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.
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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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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
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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.