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A little piece I wrote for NPR.org just went live, on Nicholson Baker’s wonderful short novel The Mezzanine.
You might remember my praise here for Baker’s hilarious and pornographic House of Holes.
But those aren’t the only Baker books I’m hot on. Human Smoke, a collection of bits and pieces from newspapers and journals published in the lead-up to WWII, blew me away.* The Fermata, which riffs on the adolescent fantasy of being able to stop time and is 33% plainly pornographic, is one of the few books I wish I’d written myself. U and I, Baker’s examination of his relationship with John Updike’s work, might have a longer shelf life than John Updike’s actual work. The list goes on.
I don’t know what it is about Baker that makes me feel he’s writing just for me, but I do know that I’m not the only one who experiences this feeling. He’s one of those artists whose work creates new spaces (or clears the cobwebs from old ones) so that others might work there, too.
* Yeah, I know.
It’s a momentous day for Panorama City, the novel.
The paperback is out!
I love the cover, with its cursive title (which I hope people can still read) and its mylar balloon.
When it was first acquired by my editor, years ago, PC was originally meant to be published in paperback. But she moved houses, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and brought the book with her, where it was published in beautiful hardcover last fall. This led to all kinds of good things, like getting picked for the BEA Buzz Panel, and getting an awesome review in the New York Times, and being listed as one of the best books of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and so on.
What a fabulous party.
Today, my novel hangs up the dinner jacket and puts on its red pants and t-shirt.
To walk the earth and make new friends.
PANORAMA CITY is one of four finalists in Adult Fiction for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association’s 2013 Book Awards.
Support your local independent bookstore!
One night only.
Imprint this into your brains:
When: Thursday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, located at 58 W. 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.)
What and Who: Readings by Tom Drury, Sarah Manguso, and Antoine Wilson, hosted by APS founding editor Brigid Hughes.
Are you wondering what I’m up to?
I’m writing another novel.
Or driving carpool, getting groceries, teaching, organizing, making dinner, doodling, taking pictures, reading, watching Mr Rogers, and so on.
My mantra is “This is what I’m doing right now.”
…and you can read them here: @antoinewilson
You can see in the early light of dawn
Facing the noise of the so-called Twilight
Bright stars through the perilous fight, and a wide range of his lines and
Flow because we are bold, fluttering looking at the wall?
The rockets red light, and bombs, and the explosion in the air,
Evidence throughout the night that we learned he was still;
O Star Spangled Banner still wave
Fluttering bravest of the land of the free world?
(“The Star Spangled Banner” first stanza, Google translated from English to Chinese to Russian to Korean to Arabic to English.)
Some cool things:
Coming in April 2013:
Coming in September 2013:
I must have been extra nice this year, because Santa hooked me up with some amazing end-of-year goodies:
A rave review of PANORAMA CITY in the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW by the inimitable Adam Ross!*
I’ll be interviewed on Michael Silverblatt’s BOOKWORM on January 3rd (2:30 pm on KCRW and elsewhere) and in perpetuity on the podcast. (I’ve been a fan of this radio show for 20 years and I’m not exaggerating when I say that my encounter with Silverblatt reoriented something inside me for the better. It was straight up therapeutic. More on that in another post.)
The lovely folks at the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE included PANORAMA CITY in their 100 Best Books of 2012.
*Remember: Don’t be fooled by the author photo.
The writing doesn’t stop on the last page, folks, even once the book is in print.
If you’re curious to read some of the occasional pieces I’ve put out in the past months, here’s a roundup:
Research Notes (at Steve Himmer’s Necessary Fiction) – in which I provide actual JPEGs to go with passages from PANORAMA CITY.
What’s the First Thing You Ever Made, Antoine Wilson? (at The Project Room) – in which I answer that question.
Book Notes Playlist for PANORAMA CITY (at Largehearted Boy) – in which I provide some tunes to go with my novel.
My First Time (at David Abrams’ The Quivering Pen) – in which I describe unboxing THE INTERLOPER for the first time.
Writers Recommend (at Poets & Writers) – in which I recommend surfing as a supplement to the writing life.
My Top 10 Narrators in Literature (at Publisher’s Weekly) – in which I betray some biases, for good or ill.
You’re Doing It Wrong: Video Games vs. Books, Part 1 (at Booklist) – in which Patrick Somerville and I go head-to-head on video games versus books. Here’s Part 2, where things get really crazy.
When We Fell in Love (at 3 Guys 1 Book) – in which I name-check the early influence of Auster, Pynchon, and Baldwin.
My Book, the Movie – in which I dream-cast a movie of my novel.
If your curiosity is stalker-level, here’s a roundup of interviews and podcasts.
*New York Times Editors’ Choice*
*SF Chronicle Best of 2012*
“This is a book you will hold in your head all day long, a book you will look forward to when you get home from work, a book you will still be savoring as you drift into sleep. Panorama City is often very funny. It is filled with joy and wonder, and a sort of goodness you had stopped believing might be even possible.
- PETER CAREY
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