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August 29, 2016

Book Notes - Michael J. Seidlinger "Falter Kingdom"

Falter Kingdom

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Michael J. Seidlinger's YA debut Falter Kingdom is an unnerving and compelling novel.

Garrard Conley wrote of the book:

"Seidlinger’s riveting book has 'unpacked' the classic Holden Caulfield character we know and love and given us a newly complicated misfit to root for.Here we see the boundaries of good and evil, love and hatred, self and other dissipate as the increasingly lovable demon takes possession of us."

In his own words, here is Michael J. Seidlinger's Book Notes music playlist for his novel Falter Kingdom:

Hunter Warden, the protagonist of Falter Kingdom, loves a good unboxing video. The ASMR videos are just as addictive, often supplementing his ability to unwind from a long day a school, tune out the anxiety from the understanding that final exams are around the corner. Don't even get him started on the wealth of other content on YouTube. For this Book Notes feature, I wrestled with the idea of creating a playlist or giving you a sort of “most-frequented” containing Hunter’s go-to videos. Hunter does like music (I mean who the hell doesn't? Don't you ever trust a person who doesn't like music), and has been known to binge some Frank Ocean, but in the end, the addictive power of YouTube won me over. I hope this list does the same for you.

Hunter takes himself too seriously. This is how Hunter views even the simplest of things.

When Hunter gets hungry, he doesn’t stand up and order/make food; he searches YouTube for people eating pizza.

Hunter swears there’s no difference between on ASMR video and the next one but then you look at his browser history and it tells an entirely different story.

From the expert tearing of the cellophane to the description of that new box smell, Hunter can't get enough. Retro, new release, or something in between, doesn't matter what the product is.

Hunter wishes he had a pet owl and frequently binge-watches any and all owl videos uploaded to YouTube.

Hunter tunes in and tunes out to live studio shows and really digs knowing about bands people technically don't know about.

Hunter can't get enough of reaction videos. And reaction videos based on reaction videos? Sign Hunter up.

Hunter's definitely a nerd. He watches stuff like domino stacking when he feels anxious.

Hunter doesn’t really play videogames but does find speedrun videos strangely soothing, as though life isn't as fucked and could still be conquered. Like life-hacks.

This is how Hunter tackles every single school assignment but instead of the spider, it's YouTube. Instead of hitting the keyboard, it's Hunter smacking himself in the face because he just spent 5 hours watching videos instead of doing, well, anything else.

Michael J. Seidlinger and Falter Kingdom links:

excerpt from the book

Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for The Strangest
Misfits interview with the author
Publishers Weekly profile of the author

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