Today at 5:00pm on WCHE 1520am, Sam interviews Adam Wilson author of Flatscreen.
Flatscreen tells the story of Eli Schwartz as he endures the loss of his home, the indifference of his parents, the success of his older brother, and the cruel and frequent dismissal of the opposite sex. He is a loser par excellence—pasty, soft, and high—who struggles to become a new person in a world where nothing is new.
Into this scene of apathy rolls Seymour J. Kahn. Former star of the small screen and current paraplegic sex addict, Kahn has purchased Eli’s old family home. The two begin a dangerous friendship, one that distracts from their circumstances but speeds their descent into utter debasement and, inevitably, YouTube stardom.
By story’s end, through unlikely acts of courage and kindness, roles will be reversed, reputations resurrected, and charges (hopefully) dropped. Adam Wilson writes mischief that moves the heart, and Flatscreen marks the wondrous debut of a truth-telling comic voice.
Adam Wilson is a former culture columnist for Blackbook, and a former TV blogger for Flavorwire. His journalism, criticism, and fiction have appeared in many publications including Bookforum, The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, Meridian, Washington Square Review, Gigantic, Time Out New York, The Forward, Paste, Boldtype, The Rumpus, JBooks, Ralph Lauren’s Rugby.com, and the anthologies Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, Promised Lands: New Jewish Fiction on Longing and Belonging, and the forthcoming A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas. He holds a BA from Tufts University, and an MFA from Columbia University, where he received a Merit Fellowship. He has thrice been a finalist for Glimmer Train story prizes, and was also a finalist for the 2009 Canteen Prize, and the 2009 Gulf Coast Prize. In 2007 he was honored as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Lewis and Mildred Resnik Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life at SUNY, New Paltz. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat.