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The "Artist in Question" is a haphazard collage of anecdotes expressed in prose, poetry and (occasionally) narrative, both revelatory and revolutionary in its form, outlining the place where thought becomes articulation: the formless zone of creation. Amidst this tower of observation, the work of art itself is simultaneously created and destroyed, until there is nothing left but the distillation of impulse, frantically pursuing the "ghost" of a novel--and the artist himself is absent, to the extent he might never have been there at all.
--Kyle Muntz, author of Voices (Enigmatic Ink, 2010)

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A send-off of the significant self. I will create no longer. "He" was killed and the blood splatter is captured here across the memoir's pages. What is paginated within were inceptive ideas I treated once as my own, as my conceptually-born children. Too young to die, I drowned them in the ink of the page followed by the severing of that person in me that gave reason to treat every opportunity with enthusiasm. So it turned out I have a taste for cyanide. I burned the documents with the body. I've escaped unfettered. Now, I have all the time in the world without a single thing to concern. Here I am, but then I am not. This is perhaps too personal for me to please anyone. It hits too close to where my heart once was held. But I'm left with this, documentation of the era of my life when my imagination still existed to fill the page. The final edit of the artist murdered. The inner thoughts, musings, and manifestations of the would-be artist, for whatever reasons discouraged and dispelled from the annals of creative expression. Here is lies an exquisite corpse, the remains of, at one time, were an artists' exploratory map, and progress in-the-making - little more than a number of lines revealing a contradicting kind, those seeking desperately to grasp... for all those told to quit, there is to be at least one that should have kept with it. This is a memoir of personal failure and of what was sacrificed in order to re-emerge. I survived the misfortune only to live this sad, state of self-loathing. You'll come to hate this as much as I hate what I've become. Every day is a moment of silent withdrawal.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Civil Coping Mechanisms (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984603700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984603701
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,906,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER has been in the ring long enough to experience the sting of a perfectly timed power punch. He'd like to think that every novel represents a fight its author has both fought and won. Some of his fights include The Laughter of Strangers, My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting. He serves as the Reviews Editor for Electric Literature as well as Publisher-in-Chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press specializing in innovative fiction and poetry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Antuono on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Artist in Question. A graveyard of inspiration. Spacious, unfiltered, and unfinished thoughts. a scrap book. it almost seems like the fictional "artist" was too frustrated with the amount of idea's that he was never able to finish any sort of complete thought for a standard layout of a "novel" and that ...was maybe the reason it never came to be. Laying out one's brain over the course of a novel can be daunting, and it seems that is exactly what this fictional writer had encountered. the book seems to be the key to take the ride not only through "the artist in question"'s mind, but also of the writer in question.

a strong inductive piece.
full of wise, constructed thought, and organized belief.

not your usual read, which is refreshing.
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