Ein Mann Von Welt (with English Subtitles) from Antoine Wilson on Vimeo.
When my German publisher Suhrkamp / Insel asked me to introduce myself to the German readers of PANORAMA CITY (titled EIN MANN VON WELT over there), I couldn’t resist trying to speak their language.
For the record, I speak not a word of German.
Location: Oxnard, CA, standing in for the dunes of Sylt.
So today I got an email from my old school writing homie John Woodward, sympathizing with my book trailer plight. Not only sympathizing, but linking to a trailer Woody himself threw together:
THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYTHING I AM WORKING ON.
In exchange for his fine work, Woody gets my eternal gratitude.*
*Which he had already.
always be ready
Handy Tips for Writers #1 from Antoine Wilson on Vimeo.
What’s really going on here is that I’m supposed to be working on a book trailer for PANORAMA CITY, and I don’t really like book trailers.
Also I’m a terrible actor, aren’t I?
Some years ago, Jonathan Franzen made a terrible author video. I watched it many times and laughed. The more I watched it, though, the more it made sense to me as the ideal act of authorly rebellion…and the more I found myself sympathizing with Franzen’s concerns.
Finally, today, I recorded my cover version. Here it is in all its glory:
“Jonathan Franzen on Author Videos” (cover version) from Antoine Wilson on Vimeo.
Here’s the original Franzen version.
To balance the scales, here’s a much better Franzen video on comic writers (re Gogol: “He was a chilly motherfucker.”):
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