JJ Rousseau on your internet habits

“You too are sensitive and good; I know it to be so, I have seen it; I regret not having been able to believe it earlier; nevertheless, your rank, your style of living are such that nothing makes a lasting impression on you; rather, you are continually confronted with so many new objects that they erase one another, mutually and none of them remains.”
Confessions, Book Ten

With so much drama at the FOB it’s kinda hard being A N T O I N E

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My favorite time of year is coming up. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is only a week away.

I’ll be moderating a bang-up panel on Saturday April 22nd, at 11:00am with four fantastic authors:

Marcy Dermansky
Gina Frangello
Jon Raymond
Lisa See

The title of our panel is “Everybody’s Got One: Fiction & Families,” but we’ll be talking much more than family, no doubt.

Possible side-topics include: Pu’er tea, writing like Haruki Murakami, desire, and the legacy of violence.

Come listen and then ask a weird question!

Slow Paparazzo in Turkey

My Turkish is a little bit rusty, but I’m pretty sure he compares the Slow Paparazzo to Cartier-Bresson.


Who is Gandhi Rockefeller?

I am.

What do you do when a writing project you’ve been working on for a couple of years dashes itself on the rocks?

Well, I made a freestyle rap mixtape lifted directly from the messages I left on my buddy’s voicemail while I was driving around LA.

All the lyrics on “You’ve Got Twelve Messages” came straight off the top of my head.

All the beats came from me trying to learn Garageband.

(This all happened about a year ago…but I figured there’s no better way to inaugurate the new website.)

Ming Pao

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Here I am in the online version of the Hong Kong magazine Ming Pao.

I was interviewed a while back as part of a series about artists working in Los Angeles.

Below, a Google Translation of the text.

Writing in California

Childhood growing up in California writer Antoine Wilson, there is a fiction scene located east coast of Santa Monica, another novel “Panorama City” is set in California climbed another hill. Which became a bestseller in Los Angeles, the “New York Times” named appreciation, was also chosen book of the year 2012 in San Francisco.

Writing in the United States, living space seems without geographical limitations, but life is an important influence. Antoine said: “The writer here many couples when one of them is television screenwriter, another engaged in literary creation.” In his own case, his wife is the TV screenwriter, and he focused on fiction writing. “For writing people, the film industry is a big attraction, but also the strong competition. But for me, compared to film literature, touched something more internal, this is what I need.”

Because family life, and his wife take turns to take care of the child, he will go to set up specially for writers and writing space The Office. “Here, we do not talk at work, but tired or written to be similar across the cafe to chat.” He bears witness to the Holy Land has become a tourist in Santa Monica becomes rich, while the gap between rich and poor people in Los Angeles more pull wide . “There’s different regions have their own face, appears to be a diverse city, but a closer look will find many areas are marginalized.”

New Site

OK, folks. Here’s the new site design. A couple of novels and some other projects across the top, and some updates down here. I’ve got some online projects in the works, and I’ll be updating here when they’re cooked.


I keep meaning to update my site / work out my new design / keep things exciting for those of you who put in the hard labor of typing antoinewilson.com into your browsers, but then I get distracted by this novel-shaped thing I’m working on.

I hope you’ll accept my apology.

Oh and BTW – if you show up here and the site is all redesigned and looking fresh and new and cool, please don’t ask how the writing is going. ; )

Bye, Dad

A few years ago I wrote about my father’s cremation for A Public Space, and they’ve now made the piece available online.

Check it out: “Valhalla”

(I don’t write much nonfiction. As I’ve said before, I’ll take the abyss of silence over the abyss of total noise any day.)

En Francais, En PDF!

[I love the cassette tape themed cover]

The French translation of Panorama City comes out today in France, and next week in Canada.

It’s a particularly exciting moment for me, having never had any of my work translated into what was once my native language. I’ve since forgotten most of my French, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to making my way through Bernard Hoepffner’s translation. (I’m going to wish I hadn’t used so many subjunctive verb conjugations.)

Panorama City, French Translation, Buchet/Chastel

A PDF of the opening pages, en francais!

Some New Things

Issue 2 of my terrible online magazine (with amazing contributors) is finally live. If you missed issue 1, worry not…simply keep on scrolling sideways.


And I wrote a little something about my surfing life for a collaboration between Trop and Underwater New York.

Sand in My Joints

I’ve tried to write surf stories many times before, and it’s never felt right. This one finally started to feel right.

The title comes from this Wire song.