Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Best Books of 1911

A Nice Plain Piece of Wood by Richard Sussers

The Straight Poop by Lewis Nunthrow

How Dry Was Thy Hay by Esther Goyt

The Noble Sifter by C. Weatherlord Crumbjunk III

Monkey Trouble by Dr. Annabell Readwrite

About A Nickel's Worth by Lieutenant Rooster F. Woosh

The Hopping Duck of Catsmooch County by Myrtle Q. Flightrisk

A Bowl With Some Stamps In It by Frank Wedge, DDS

Pimple! by Josiah Welcott

The Curious Case of the Long, Eventless Afternoon by M. Scott Bleaklife

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Love

The Great Frustration has been receiving some end-of-the-year love. Here's a quick rundown:

Michael Schaub over at The Millions said that The Great Frustration was the best book he read in 2011. The National Book Critics Circle's Critical Mass called TGF, "certainly one of the most original and startling short story collections of the year." McNally Jackson named it as one of their staff picks over at Gothamist. The MJ staff made special mention of my book due to its inclusion of, "science and sex and explosions." I believe what they meant was science and sexplosions. Opening Ceremony, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, Flavorwire, Art Faccia, Heavy Feather Review, and Big Other all included TGF on their best of the year lists. The awesome Corinna Barsan also included a story from TGF in her list of favorite short stories over at Storyville. The also awesome Penina Roth included the same story in her list of favorites as well.

I'm deeply grateful to all of the above for their support of TGF. Thank you to anyone who read and/or talked about the book. I wish you all an excruciatingly happy, mind-bendingly joyful holiday season!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Great Fraudstration

As many of you already know, I have come under fire recently due to some issues regarding The Great Frustration, a book that I published early last year with Counterpoint Press/Soft Skull. This matter has already been written about a great deal, and before things develop further I just wanted to address the situation in my own words.

There has been some speculation that certain passages of my book were fictionalized for dramatic effect. As much as I would like to deny these allegations, the truth of the matter is that I can't. In fact, all of the accounts in The Great Frustration were fabricated. I made up the entire book.

I just want to take this opportunity to express my regret. I have let down my family, my friends, my wives, and my countless, countless fans. But while the book is a work of pure fiction, I would like to point out that there are many kinds of truth. I hope that all the aspects of The Great Frustration that people have enjoyed until now won't be overshadowed by my poor judgement and dishonesty.

Seth "Hambone" Fried