BRAD LISTI is an author and the founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community that now includes TNB Books, an independent press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. His debut novel, Attention. Deficit. Disorder., was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is the executive producer of The Nervous Breakdown’s podcast series, and the host of Otherppl with Brad Listi, a twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors.
His latest book, Board, co-authored with Justin Benton, was published in November 2012. Board is an experimental work of nonfiction literary collage, the contents of which are derived entirely from the comment boards at The Nervous Breakdown.
You can email him at brad [at] bradlisti [dot] com.
"...an unprecedented literary endeavor...It’s as if the cultural curiosity of a David Markson were being siphoned through the real life followers of his work...hilarious, compelling, touching, unique. This is one to buy, study, [and] enjoy."
"Expertly interweaving its leitmotifs—technologly, dreams, sex, food, 'identity politics,' death—Board is a book in conversation with itself about a culture at war with itself. A sharp, funny, and unexpectedly moving take on contemporary America in the digital age."
—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger
"A must-read...exhilarating, hypnotic, hilarious, and fun."
—Jeff Ragsdale, author of Jeff, One Lonely Guy
"Fascinating, funny, full of enthusiasm and great loneliness...a portrait of the web in its own words."
—Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
—Megan Boyle, author of selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee
"As its title seemed to demand, I found myself skipping about Brad Listi's novel, yanked further in by each random, episodic jewel. They were quirky, evocative, and clever...something genuinely different, and defiantly genuine. Then, reading from start to finish, an entirely other experience emerged: a cohesive, poignant story, subsuming warmth and depth, and—again—that unflinching honesty. Overall, it seems I got a lot more than I bargained for. A perfect book about what we and the world are becoming."
—Jim Carroll, author of The Basketball Diaries and The Petting Zoo