Writers and co-editors François (L) and Mathias Richard (R) founders of the publishing house "
Why they are so Holy Chic:
" is an independent publishing house based in Tours and Paris. Only a few years old, it is dedicated to alternative French literature by new authors.
Thirty-something editors are trying to establish themselves on the tough playground of countless French publishers by launching unconventional, marginal writers emerging from the Internet, video game and rock'n'roll universe. Language is harsh, edgy and on the verge of experimental literature.
Offbeat authors themselves, and so not necessarily finding favour with mainstream publishers, M & F Richard are staunch defenders of hard-core rebels of the literary world, on the far side of any easy writing.
One of the star writers is the "wild at heart" Thierry Théolier
with his book "Crevard".
He is a founder of The Hype Syndicate
, a huge Parisian underground net community aimed at exchanging party schedules in order to gate crash them and claim their own part of high society.
By defining himself as "crevard" (outsider, marginal, down and out) and "artist with no deed", Thierry Théolier stages performances
in "off" art galleries and runs a few net newsgroups
and community blogs
. For Whom:
Though reading their books is a tough task for non-native French readers, "Caméras animales
" has great potential as feeding ground for literary specialists and fans of the digital pleasures, underground literature, net communities and rock'n'roll. The new generation of out-of-the-net and post-net writers is definitely in. Upside:
Is there anything more hip than blend of passion and courage? Downside:
Risk of being readable only for their own ghetto. Tags:
Paris, editors, publishers, books, French literature, Thierry Théolier, François Richard, Mathias Richard Category:
by Vesna Gerintes