“The Royal Nonesuch is very funny, far too real for comfort, and even, finally, life-affirming. To borrow a phrase from Mr. Phillips, reading this book is like getting kicked in the clams with a clown shoe. You double over, not sure whether you’re laughing or crying, and then you want to kick the clown back, in the clams. That course of action won’t be available to all readers, but I have Mr. Phillips’s address, and I’m on my way now to the clown shoe store.” Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and You Shall Know Our Velocity
The Royal Nonesuch
978-0-8021-7028-6 • $14.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2007
Glasgow Phillips published his debut novel Tuscaloosa at the tender age of twenty-four. The results were disastrous: encouraging reviews, translations, a paperback sale, a film option, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. But over the next two years, as Phillips’s second novel unraveled and freelance journalism assignments ended in humiliation, a horrible, secret thought took hold in him: perhaps, just possibly, whatever talent he had was of the kind
that would never be more than promise.
Washed up as a “real” writer before he was thirty, Phillips went to Los Angeles and formed a company with his best childhood friend, Jason McHugh, independent producer of Cannibal! The Musical and Orgazmo. “Precisely what the company would do was somewhat beside the point,” he writes. “We were friends who wanted to do something together. In other times or other circumstances we might have started a magazine, a social club, a religion, or a gang. It was the late 1990s, so we started an Internet company.”
The Royal Nonesuch is the story of Phillips’s roller-coaster ride through the twisted world of
underground Hollywood and the fun house of the Internet during the boom. He builds a hilarious and poignant memoir, in the tradition of Augusten Burroughs and Sean Wilsey, from tales of promise and failure, family and madness, friendship and redemption, fame and infamy, and good old-fashioned hustling. This is a remarkable book, a brilliant portrait of a generation in all its foolish glory.