Eric G Wilson

Author of Keep It Fake, Everyone Loves a good train wreck, and against happiness

My new short story in Cafe Irreal, issue 56.

Check out my new fiction in The Collagist.

My new memoir/literary biography was just published by Northwestern UP: How to Make a Soul: The Wisdom of John Keats.  

"[A] terrific new philosophical investigation . . . The great appeal to me of Wilson's view and this book [is] he is brave enough to admit that the work of trying to be a good person requires you to think very hard-yes, very honestly-about how you actually interact with others." ​The New York Times Book Review 

​Here's an excerpt in Salon.

Image from Camille Flammarion's L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888), arist unknown

​Order the book here.

Check out the book's trailer.

Excerpted from Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life.

Who do you think you are?  To believe that you’re authentic in a world where nothing is authentic but performed, is inauthentic; to know that you’re inauthentic in a world in which nothing is not performed, is authentic.  So: if you behave is if you’re actually authentic, then you are liar, and if you comport yourself with an awareness of your inauthenticity, you are as real as it gets.

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."