2014 is the 10th anniversary of the publication of my novel, Cherry Whip. Many thanks to Olga Gardner Galvin and ENC Press for keeping it in print! You can order the print or ebook version here.
My article about Vladimir Nabokov’s posthumously published novel, The Original of Laura, is included in a new book-length collection of critical studies of the highly controversial novel entitled Shades of Laura. It’s edited by Nabokov scholar Yuri Leving, and is available here.
My poem, “Vacanza,” will appear or perhaps already has appeared in the literary magazine Rambunctious Review. It’s hard to say, exactly, because their website is quite cryptic and their acceptance notice exceptionally ambiguous, but the original poem can be found here.
I have a new review up at PopMatters of an entertaining new novel called Love is a Canoe. You can read it here.
On the non-literary side, Argyle Review has posted an interview with me on “The Ubiquity of Data,” available here. I write on both literary and marketing topics, and note that, while much of the literary world is openly contemptuous of the business world for, among other things, its supposed soullessness and lack of humanity, I find, counter-intuitively, that in the business half of my existence, people tend to be much friendlier, more responsive and more humane – and, of course, far more professional. That’s the subject for a polemic someday! (Will it cause me to be ostracized by the literary world? Perhaps, but I don’t know how I’d be able to tell.)
On a related topic, I am pleased to discover that my articles about all five books I reviewed as part of my short-lived column, Afterwords (which I described as “a fresh look at some unfairly neglected books of the past century that may not survive much longer in this one”) appear at or very near the top of the Google results when you search for the books in question. Thus, in my very small way, I hope I am playing a role in defining and maintaining the reputation of these overlooked books into the 21st Century. As to why my column was short-lived, it was hosted by one “Jessa Crispin,” which evidently is the nom de net for a mechanized book-bot that is incapable of responding to emails. (See my comments on lit biz “professionalism” above.) I would like to revive the series if I can find a more professionally edited home for it.
The five articles discussed The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage; The Collected Poems of Conrad Aiken; The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck; The Night Country by Loren Eiseley; and All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner. Better click now! – before the half-human entity in question exacts its ruthless revenge by taking the articles down entirely.
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Michael Antman is the author of the novel Cherry Whip (ENC Press, 2004), described by reviewers as “a terrific and fascinating character study,” “moving and sexy and funny in fresh ways,” “humane and warm,” “a great tragicomedy,” and “a marvelous novel.”
He is a staff writer and book reviewer for the leading online arts and culture magazine, PopMatters, and also has written book reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Academy of American Poets, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing in 2008 and in 2009.
In addition to his reviews, he writes a regular column on the art of the memoir and non-fiction narrative called Read Only Memory, and also writes on DVDs, music, digital culture and the future of the book, and other topics.
His new novel, Everything Solid Has a Shadow, is represented by Michele Rubin at Writers House. He also is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies.
As a long-time marketing consultant and president of the consulting firm McSweeney & Antman, he conducted branding, positioning and marketing analyses; and created print, Internet, radio and television advertising campaigns; print and electronic collateral; and video productions on behalf of many of America’s leading corporations.
One of his film projects, Coming Through the Storm, a documentary he researched and wrote on behalf of the National Association of Independent Insurers, covered the same geographic area and some of the same subject matter as Seagull Motel. The film won many awards, including the Silver Trumpet Award, Chicago Publicity Club; the Silver Star Award, IASC; Second Place, Houston International Film Festival; and Second Place, New York Film Festival.
He is a former vice-president of Arkidata Corporation, and also spent two and a half years in Japan, where he conducted cross-cultural training and wrote a monthly column on business English in the form of a fictionalized serial for a major Japanese business publication.
He currently is Vice President of Global Marketing for a Fortune 500 corporation.
He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and also attended Oxford University.