Sometimes the book is not enough. Through no fault of the author’s own. In fact, in this case, it’s a sign of just how good the book is. Jace Clayton’s Uproot is a guided tour of the global(ized) world of 21st-century music and digital culture. As he introduces us to the Moroccan Berber musicians who pioneered the outer limits of Auto-Tune and Mexican teens revolutionizing EDM by pushing cheap software past its “natural” uses, to Japanese noise artists and Indigenous Australian rappers (and to so, so many more), you can’t help but needing to hear it—even if you’ve already intuited that the good stuff’s not going to be on Spotify or iTunes. But Jace is on the case—with some enterprising use of Soundcloud and assiduous scouring out Youtube, he has been pulling together a deeply satisfying online Listening Guide to Uproot, fully of plenty of listening and even more to read. Join the adventure at uprootbook.com.
If that’s still not enough - if what you want to hear is not just the deep cuts from such an audacious listener’s library but what’s energizing him right now, he’s got you covered there, too, with a brand new mixtape known as the BOOK NRG MIX, just premiered by the The Fader. “Writing is such a strange activity. You sit at your desk for weeks, months on end,” he wrote them in an email. “After all that I needed to dance around and make a summer mix.” Give it a listen here.
If all this makes you just want a taste of the book (what, you haven’t read it yet?), Pitchfork has an excerpt up to help you out. That, perhaps along with a dose of Jace’s conversation with Kimberly Drew (aka @museummammy) from the book launch at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, should do the trick.
Maryse Meijer is the author of Heartbreaker, out today from FSG Originals. In an inversion of the prototypical author interview, here she asks her twin sister, Danielle Meijer, about fantasy, escapism, and finding the perfect reader. Welcome to the Twinterview.
Clay Byars is the author of Will & I, out today from FSG Originals. Here he talks with Drew Broussard about twinship as collaboration, his reluctance to sugarcoat, and what it’s like to be irrevocably changed by an event.
In 2001, Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thief and put it online to share with his friends. Within weeks, the mix had become an international calling card and the globe-trotting DJ Rupture was born, as Clayton was whisked away to a sprawling, multi-tiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brother in São Paulo, and the MoMA.
Clayton was always doing more than just jet-setting—he was traveling to the furthest corners of the world with his eyes and ears open, taking in as much as he could from his new position on the frontlines of a music world making its transition from analog to digital. To his ears, it was a glorious time: Berber musicians embracing auto-tune more completely than Cher ever had, Mexican rodeo teens pushing basic music production software in previously unheard(-of) directions.
In his dazzling debut book, Uproot, Clayton shares all he’s learned, illuminating connections no one else could have ever revealed. Coming up with a book cover that captures all that energy was obviously a daunting prospect. We think designer Devin Washburn nailed it—but what’s perhaps even more revealing is how interesting the back cover is. It is, for instance, the first time we’ve gotten a blurb from Diplo—and it may well be the first time Diplo has shared a stage with Obama-inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander, legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson, and more…
The first book of The Tale of Shikanoko arrives on US shores today, and Emperor of the Eight Islands comes on waves of praise. During its Australian publication a few weeks ago, it was hailed in the mainstream press—The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “It is easy to let the book sweep the reader away, to engage with strange events, but very compelling characters…there is huge imaginative vitality.”—and the, um, geek media, too—here’s The Geek of Oz: “Emperor of the Eight Islands is masterstroke for Lian Hearn…you’ll want the next book in front of you right now.”
For the record, we’re doing our very best to get the next book in front of you right now. The first book comes out today; the second, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, will be out the first week of June; and the whole series—all four books—will be available by the end of September. (Yes, in true FSG Originals fashion, it’s not just the books themselves that are an adventure, it’s the publications, too.)
In the meantime, we have more waves or praise to share with you.
There’s always something surprising about the way the world receives a book once we’ve published it—booksellers speak up, newspapers publish reviews, NPR has its say, websites weigh in, and there always little surprises embedded in there, for good and ill—but at least for us, it’s rarely the local TV news giving their perspective. Here on LA’s CBS Channel 2 News, the first surprise is the piece’s unlikely title, but that is quickly outdone by Paul Magers’ shirt and tie combo…hot damn! But give the video a few seconds, both Geoff Manaugh and A Burglar’s Guide to the City get some good face-time—and deliver some good tips, too!
In what reads like a missing chapter from his just-published A Burglar’s Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh details the (maybe-true) story of a convicted bank robber hired to steal al Qaeda’s liquid assets. The article, published just last week in The Daily Beast, was optioned by Studio 8.