The Fun We ve Had Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea Who are they They are him and her They are you and me They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves They are rowing to remember the fun we v

  • Title: The Fun We've Had
  • Author: Michael J. Seidlinger
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  • Page: 111
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  • Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea Who are they They are him and her They are you and me They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves They are rowing to remember the fun we ve had Michael Seidlinger is a homegrown Calvino, a humanist, and wise and darkly whimsical His invisible cities are the spires of the sea where we all sail our coffinsTwo lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea Who are they They are him and her They are you and me They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves They are rowing to remember the fun we ve had Michael Seidlinger is a homegrown Calvino, a humanist, and wise and darkly whimsical His invisible cities are the spires of the sea where we all sail our coffins in search of our stories Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville Melding the static, high concept premise of two humans floating alone on a coffin in a sea devoid of all else with stark and meditative prose, The Fun We ve Had evokes a highly unexpected experience, somewhere between Beckett s most hopeless solipsists and the mysterious energy of a child s Choose Your Own Adventure era dream Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year and Three Hundred Million It is obvious that Michael J Seidlinger had a great deal of fun writing The Fun We ve Had What could a reader ask for Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray The best poets are writing poetry no matter what they are writing, creating entirely new and weird spaces There is no doubt Seidlinger has made one of the weirdest spaces we will ever inhabit In The Fun We ve Had, every visible thing is a love of disturbing tremors, keeping ahead of our ever curious eyes, hoping to savor every line What a magnificent book CAConrad, author of The Book of Frank Seidlinger s imagination is a sea unto itself, the reader riding these rollicking waves This book will have you clutching pages as though they re life vests Fans of Calvino and Shelley Jackson will dig the slow submerge into this crazy romp Joshua Mohr, author of Damascus Michael J Seidlinger writes with the kind of weird, wonderful, joyful abandon that reminds the reader that world is still the great unknown In The Fun We ve Had, he examines the long blank space between life and death, fills it with love and loss and boats made of coffins, with people clinging to life and using the weight of the past as ballast This is a fun read, true but it s also a true read, and that s what makes it so beautifully sad Amber Sparks, author of The Desert Places and May We Shed These Human Bodies Ready for an analogy Here goes When you need to give a dog a pill, you don t just jam it down his throat, you wrap that pill in something yummy, like, say, ham Michael J Seidlinger understands that this principle extends to people and books So he s got this pill he wants you to swallow, right That pill is the truth about love and death and strife and, generally, the messy mysterious business of being human, and also of being nothingness Pretty heavy, right Big old horse pill But then Seidlinger, no fool, wraps it in the yummy slow smoked maple goodness of his humor He obviously had a fine time writing this book, which is precisely the reason you ll have a fine time reading it Ron Currie Jr author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

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    270 thoughts on “The Fun We've Had”

    1. Rating: 6* of fiveYuletide gift-giving seasonis is *perfect* 2015 gift for the smartest, wittiest person you know.The Publisher Says: Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea. Who are they? They are him and her. They are you and me. They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves. They are rowing to remember the fun we've had.My Review: The Doubleday UK meme, a book a day for July 2014, is the goad I'm using to get through my snit-based unwritten reviews. Today's prompt is to di [...]

    2. I don't think it's any fun when an author shamelessly gives his book five stars but I'm still going to do it.

    3. It has been a long time since I've read a book that moved me this deeply.  Though the story and its structure are both unusual and unconventional, the feelings and the underlying truths that are ultimately revealed are universal.  This is a look into the core of existence and our ties to those for whom we live.  It is an ocean in flux; one that begs to be explored.  Highest recommendations.

    4. There’s just something about the image on the front jacket of this novel that spoke to me. Those two hapless fuckers in that coffin, overwhelmingly surrounded by all that blue water, the title juxtaposed on top, THE FUN WE’VE HADWhat the fuck is this book all about then?Well, the cover and conceit basically comprise the entire plot: A nameless man and woman, in a coffin, floating on an endless ocean. That’s about it. That’s all that happens. Sound boring? It’s not. The book is split in [...]

    5. I'm beginning to feel like The Fun We've Had was written specifically for me. Figuratively speaking. Seidlinger is adept at camouflaging a feeling, a doubt, a fear, painting over it with metaphor and as it hides there, it knows you can see it but continues to hide. He has nailed here what happens when you're infected with love for another individual. And there is no 'us' in this novel. There is only 'they', 'he', 'she', that's all it ever really is. Next time despair hits, this book could very w [...]

    6. I finished this book several weeks ago and it continues to haunt me like voices calling out from the waves.

    7. If you want a slow paced break-up book that takes place in a coffin in the middle of a metaphoric ocean and has a beautiful writing style, then this book is for you.

    8. I never know what I'm walking into when I pick up a new Seidlinger work. Every book is something different, something new. One thing I can trust at this point, though, is that I'm going to dig it. The patterns of personality that are clung to in context where they have no reason, if they ever did. The things that don't matter and are only relevant in the fact that their irrelevance must be recognized. This book is unsettling in an entirely different way, an unmoored way. Get ready to try to keep [...]

    9. I hate to describe a thing as dreamlike, for all its connotations. Forget the connotations and think of the word. Dreamlike, like a dream, what a dream is actually like.Starting Michael J. Seidlinger’s "The Fun We’ve Had" was one of the most disorienting reading experiences of my entire life. You don’t know where you are, you don’t know who these characters are, you’re adrift in a coffin in an endless sea with two people who are themselves and are not, who do not look like what they kn [...]

    10. A dynamic and unique read, as I have come to expect from Seidlinger. Beautifully written in a sometimes disorienting style of prose, the premise is that a male and female as couple float indefinitely in a coffin in the middle of an endless ocean. Waves and the sharks are present as the voices of history's lovers and reminders of the demise, respectively. We move through all real aspects of a long term relationship, fleshed out with no buffer here to make them easy to swallow: the balance of give [...]

    11. So reading this the first time was a bit tricky. There were lofty expectations, grandeur could sort of be seen peeking around corners distantly off. My friend spoke highly of it - said we had a lot in common, or at least w/r/t the things that mattered. But I also read suspiciously, always expecting some ulterior motive. I would read between lines. I would assume intent everywhere. If the book said something about "characters" or "plot", I would derive some convoluted meta-meaning from it and let [...]

    12. I reviewed/recommended Michael Seidlinger’s The Fun We’ve Had at the McNeese Review. It is a mix of life, death, hate, love, a journey inside a coffin in the ocean, an allegory for the wars we wage against the inevitability of mortality. Like a modern Camus, nothing less than existence is at stake in Seidlinger’s latest voyage: “Each wave is its own feeling, rhythmic crashing of those that resist the tides… The waves are hellos; the incoming storm is the sincerest goodbye.” Sincerity [...]

    13. Read 6/9/14 - 6/11/143 Stars - Recommended to readers who prefer allegorical, non linear, reflective literaturePages: 168Publisher: Lazy Fascist PressReleased: May 2014Lazy Fascist, my friend, I love you, but sometimes your choice of literature confuses me. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this book. But. I mean. Well, there's something a little not-quite-you about it. It's definitely less bizarre than your usual fare and far more out-of-body than I'm used to from you. If that makes s [...]

    14. Seidlinger’s stark, lyrical work is like a dream dialogue between Jean Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett, filtered through the voice of the Good Witch Glinda. A coffin floats on a desolate and sometimes blood-stained sea. There is occasional land in sight. There are occasional ghosts. There are inevitably sharks. The coffin is occupied by the strangely split consciousness of two lovers in borrowed bodies unable or unwilling to let go of the uncertain fun they’ve had, or relinquish an intimacy a [...]

    15. Michael J. Seidlinger's The Fun We've Had is part Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, part Barthelme's The Dead Father, and part something completely its own. This is meta-fiction at its finest. It's not over written or dead set on leading the reader through a pseudo-intellectual journey. Instead, Seidlinger engulfs the reader into the story of these characters to the point we realize we aren't reading fiction at all. This is a story of all our relationships, all our dreams, all our struggles, all our li [...]

    16. full-stop/2014/07/31/rReview by Gabino IglesiasMichael J. Seidlinger is one of those chameleonic writers who reinvent themselves for each book. With The Laughter of Strangers, his previous release with Lazy Fascist Press, he delivered a radical narrative in which a third omni-everything voice served as conscience, conspirator, and antagonist. After that effort, it would’ve been understandable if his next novel reverted to a more standard and less demanding format. That didn’t happen. Instead [...]

    17. the fun we've had, offers, as a metaphor, a couple lost at sea floating in a coffin. their surroundings and the various threats the occupy that metaphor stand in for the tribulations of real life closeness and mergings of identities and the general slings and arrows of being part of a real relationship, where two people feel very intensely. while clever and at times, including the final moments, extraordinarily moving, the postmodern bag of tricks keeps the metaphor from ever feeling totally rea [...]

    18. Though the book is short and some pages aren't completely full, this book has a lot in it. Definitely be sure you're paying close attention as you're reading it. I'm not sure I would say the book is fun, or that I enjoyed it, but I would say that reading it was a good experience. Seidlinger makes you think about life, death, relationships, and does it while creating a strong fantasy with a clever story about two people taking turns on a coffin at sea.

    19. If you look real close you will see the hidden meanings deep in the ocean. If you have trouble seeing them the sharks, sun, rain and sting rays will remind you. Love the cover. Not what I expected and am happy to say I'm glad to not have expected this great book.

    20. Heart-breaking and powerful--yet an elixir for the broken heart. A rare experience to be had in life it is, to die so completely and live again and again

    21. Metaphysical, philosophical novella about purgatory. It was fun to read something different, but I didn't love it.This was my pick for the Read Harder 2017 Challenge Micropress category.

    22. Sweet concept, but didn't really feel the weight of the relationship in that most of the emotion was buried in an unnecessarily elaborate writing style.

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