The following essay is included in John Freeman’s How to Read a Novelist and reproduced here, in its entirety, in honor of the late Imre Kertész, who died at his home in Budapest on March 31, 2016.
Two pieces of very exciting news for FSG Originals authors: Catherine Lacey wins a Whiting Award and Amelia Gray is a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award!
“THE BEST YOUNG WRITER IN AMERICA”’s debut novel, Find Me, came out this week in paperback. Kevin Nguyen talks with Laura van den Berg about Fallout 4, speculative fiction, and character attachment.
As the end of the year approaches and the “best of” lists continue to roll out, we are reminded that the best readers are writers. Our writers, specifically. So we asked a handful of FSG Originals authors to share the best book they read in 2015. Their answers, unsurprisingly, are positively original…
We’ve known that Eli Horowitz is some kind of storytelling genius for a while now—as Miranda July says, “Everyone who knows him thinks of him as their secret weapon”—but we’re glad the secret is finally out (we’ve been trying to tell people for years!) thanks to this terrific profile in Buzzfeed by Anne Helen Petersen.The piece perfectly captures much of what makes us so happy and proud to publish Eli. As Petersen writes, “It sounds hyperbolic, but it’s true: He’s radically rethinking the boundaries of narrative and our expectations for the technology that surrounds us.”
Yes, we can confirm: True.
Over the course of the profile, Horowitz opens up to Petersen about his days at McSweeney’s, about the surprise benefits of his carpentry skills and the shortcomings of his homemade dumbwaiter, about the specialness of Sonoma County’s newest socialist restaurant, Russia House Number #1, and about his new book, The Pickle Index, which, she notes, “aims to effectively reconceptualize the book—in its digital and printed forms alike.”
The printed book! That’s where we come in!
We heartily recommend the whole piece to you, not least for the animated GIF of the aforementioned dumbwaiter.
It’s 2015. We’ve all seen multiplatform publications, right? A paperback book, a deluxe slip-cased hardcover, an app, videos, letter-pressed broadsides. Yeah, The Pickle Index has all that, of course it does, all of it debuting at the same time, today. Yeah, yeah, blah blah. We’ve seen The Silent History and The New World yadda yadda blah blah—what’s this but that a better, funnier, more wholly imagined and exquisitely timed version of all that?
Well, funny you should bring up timing—because you didn’t see center court at Barclays Center on national TV coming, did you? Check it out. And they say the multimedia publishing has never been met. It’ll be a long time before anyone tops this. All hail the creative minds behind the The Pickle Index.