Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 PM
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
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New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is on sale November 4th and has been variously described as “dazzling and daring” (Karen Russell), “acutely feelingful” (Gary Lutz) and “fresh as the brilliant shock of new paint” (Honor Moore).
Today’s Work in Progress—a weekly missive from FSG—features an exclusive look at How to Read a Novelist author John Freeman’s conversation with Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster. NB: it’s a very special bonus not included in the book.
In which men discuss John Updike, the elusive perfect novel, and “the really big questions.” Check out this great conversation between Interview magazine’s Michael Hafford and How to Read a Novelist author John Freeman. It’s short, but it gets a lot of bang for its buck.
“I’m probably going way out of my league here,” John says, “but even with dissonant music, if you can push through the pain into some deep neural harmony of: ‘This is what life is!’ Harmony of meaning and the sound of language is where the perfection occurs. A lot of novels wax in and out of that thing. Doing the work, moving the story along, you feel the intensity wane and you have a time to doze. The ones where you’re glued to it the whole time because it’s that intense—those are the masterpieces.”
With Dead Pig Collector—Warren Ellis’s miniature masterpiece of love, murder, and the spotless disposal of corpses—FSG Originals embarks on its first digital original publication. On the eve of its launch, Ellis tolerated a few invasive and long-winded questions from his editor, Sean McDonald.
Our second exclusive preview of John Freeman’s How to Read a Novelist is now up on Work in Progress, featuring a conversation with FSG’s Jonathan Franzen. Here they discuss love, sickness, lovesickness, and the pact that Franzen holds with his readers.
For the past fifteen years or so, whenever a novel has been published, John Freeman has been there to greet it.
Over the next two weeks, Work in Progress will publish an exclusive two-part preview of his book How to Read a Novelist, coming out this October. Up first: Freeman’s conversation with FSG’s very own Jeffrey Eugenides…