Mike Roberts is the author of Cannibals in Love, a novel published by FSG Originals in September. Mike spoke with Will Chancellor, the author of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, at BookCourt in Brooklyn about the sense of paranoia and youth that drives the post-9/11 novel. Conversation then ranged from the import of physical movement in fiction to the underappreciated pitfalls of allegorical novels about cattle.
Sometimes the book is not enough. Through no fault of the author’s own. In fact, in this case, it’s a sign of just how good the book is. Jace Clayton’s Uproot is a guided tour of the global(ized) world of 21st-century music and digital culture. As he introduces us to the Moroccan Berber musicians who pioneered the outer limits of Auto-Tune and Mexican teens revolutionizing EDM by pushing cheap software past its “natural” uses, to Japanese noise artists and Indigenous Australian rappers (and to so, so many more), you can’t help but needing to hear it—even if you’ve already intuited that the good stuff’s not going to be on Spotify or iTunes. But Jace is on the case—with some enterprising use of Soundcloud and assiduous scouring out Youtube, he has been pulling together a deeply satisfying online Listening Guide to Uproot, fully of plenty of listening and even more to read. Join the adventure at uprootbook.com.
If that’s still not enough - if what you want to hear is not just the deep cuts from such an audacious listener’s library but what’s energizing him right now, he’s got you covered there, too, with a brand new mixtape known as the BOOK NRG MIX, just premiered by the The Fader. “Writing is such a strange activity. You sit at your desk for weeks, months on end,” he wrote them in an email. “After all that I needed to dance around and make a summer mix.” Give it a listen here.
If all this makes you just want a taste of the book (what, you haven’t read it yet?), Pitchfork has an excerpt up to help you out. That, perhaps along with a dose of Jace’s conversation with Kimberly Drew (aka @museummammy) from the book launch at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, should do the trick.
Maryse Meijer is the author of Heartbreaker, out today from FSG Originals. In an inversion of the prototypical author interview, here she asks her twin sister, Danielle Meijer, about fantasy, escapism, and finding the perfect reader. Welcome to the Twinterview.
Clay Byars is the author of Will & I, out today from FSG Originals. Here he talks with Drew Broussard about twinship as collaboration, his reluctance to sugarcoat, and what it’s like to be irrevocably changed by an event.
In 2001, Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thief and put it online to share with his friends. Within weeks, the mix had become an international calling card and the globe-trotting DJ Rupture was born, as Clayton was whisked away to a sprawling, multi-tiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brother in São Paulo, and the MoMA.
Clayton was always doing more than just jet-setting—he was traveling to the furthest corners of the world with his eyes and ears open, taking in as much as he could from his new position on the frontlines of a music world making its transition from analog to digital. To his ears, it was a glorious time: Berber musicians embracing auto-tune more completely than Cher ever had, Mexican rodeo teens pushing basic music production software in previously unheard(-of) directions.
In his dazzling debut book, Uproot, Clayton shares all he’s learned, illuminating connections no one else could have ever revealed. Coming up with a book cover that captures all that energy was obviously a daunting prospect. We think designer Devin Washburn nailed it—but what’s perhaps even more revealing is how interesting the back cover is. It is, for instance, the first time we’ve gotten a blurb from Diplo—and it may well be the first time Diplo has shared a stage with Obama-inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander, legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson, and more…