Sean Michaels (writer)
Sean Michaels (born 1982) is a Canadian journalist, fiction writer, and blogger. Based in Montreal, Quebec, his music criticism has appeared in such publications as The Guardian, McSweeney's, The Globe & Mail, The Believer, Pitchfork, Maisonneuve, The Observer and The National Post. He has also written about travel, food and culture for Brick, The Walrus, Resorts and Great Hotels, and Reader's Digest. In 2010, Michaels was awarded a gold prize at the Canadian National Magazine Awards for a feature concerning the Parisian art guerrillas Les UX; this article first appeared in Brick and was later re-published by Gizmodo. He received a second National Magazine Award in 2013, for an article on Canadian circus, published by The Walrus.
Michaels' debut novel, Us Conductors, will be published in 2014 by Random House Canada and Tin House Books (US). This book is inspired by the lives of Léon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, and the musician Clara Rockmore.
Michaels also writes short fiction; his short stories has been published in Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly and several published anthologies, including The Lifted Brow, We Are the Friction and [The Art of Trespassing].
Michaels is probably most recognized as the founder of Said the Gramophone, one of the first mp3 blogs. He is known for a dreamy, personal and literary writing style, contributing to his work as a writer in residence for events like the Dawson City Music Festival and, since 2009, Sappyfest. In 2009, Said the Gramophone was recognized by Time as one of the world's 25 best blogs.
Since 2009, Michaels has given several lectures on contemporary journalism and the music industry, including appearances at McGill University, Emerson College, Concordia University, and the Pop Montreal Symposium.
In 2010, Michaels formed an absurdist improv duo with Vinny Francois called Venezuela. They performed several early shows at the Montreal Improv Theatre. In 2011, they were featured at the Montreal Fringe Festival and opened for Tig Notaro. His most recent theatrical credit is in Mark Slutsky's acclaimed short film Sorry, Rabbi as Hasid #5.
- "The Lizard, the Catacombs and the Clock: Paris's Most Secret Society". Time. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
- "Ringmasters". Time. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- "Publishers Weekly - London Briefcase". Time. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- "25 Best Blogs 2009". Time. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- Said the Gramophone
- Official website for Us Conductors
- McSweeney's column: "Sean Michaels Listens to Music in Montreal"
- Sean Michaels' Profile on Guardian UK website
- Said the Gramophone on Time's 25 Best Blogs of 2009
- Interview with Maisonneuve magazine
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