Eli Horowitz, Author of the Pickle Index & The Silent History
Today on the Beautiful Futurists we talk with Eli Horowitz. Eli is the author of several books, including his most recent experiment, The Pickle Index, which was a short novel designed to be enjoyed concurrently as two beautifully designed and printed books, as well as through a digital app that added another layer to the story. His other books include the critically acclaimed digital novel, The Silent History, which was an experiment that pushed the envelope of the digital book experience, delivered through a serialized app format and incorporating geo-locating. And Everything You Know is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes Our World.
Previously, he was managing editor at McSweeney’s, founded by Dave Eggers, an independent publisher famous for their exquisitely designed books.
He is currently working on writing a pilot for a new Audio Production with Gimlet Media, creators of the Startup Podcast.
In this episode we chat about:
- The creation of The Pickle Index
- The challenges of pioneering new creative forms
- The future of publishing
- Why digital publishing is pushing traditional printed books to be better
- How creative works are shaped by their medium, and vice-versa
This conversation was a lot of fun. Eli has an infectious enthusiasm for his work, and has collaborated with all kinds of writers and artists over the years to put together an impressive catalog.
What’s coming next in writing, publishing and creative media?
Much like our vision here at the Beautiful Futurists, he has found a way to learn from and expand upon history, incorporating traditional bookmaking techniques to design and create books that are objects to be loved and treasured, while at the same time experimenting at the foremost edge of digital publishing, working to find where and how people adopt new media, and how technology can affect and improve our experience.
We look forward to seeing what Eli will come up with next. Like the rest of his work, you can count on it being fun, challenging and profound, with a twist that makes it unlike anything else out there.
Where to find out more about Eli Horowitz:
Books and resources mentioned in this episode:
Everything You Know is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes our World – Eli Horowitz & Roger Bennett
The Clock Without a Face – Horowitz, Barnett, Teplin
Ian Huebert – Artist
Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I mean Noel) – Ellen Raskin