Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sack of Lithuanian women eating lettuce & squishing ass

DIAGRAM 8.3 All Fiction issue is launched now. Read my little story. It has Tom Waits in it a little, kind of. I am seeing him play at the Fox on Saturday. Fuck.

Read Amelia Gray's story. It is incredible. Read the others.

Here's a nice interview @ Hobart with YANNICK MURPHY, whose new Dzanc book I have professed love for.

I am moving back into my loft this weekend now for sure. Four months of displacement over. Energy shift. Krusherz.

Here is the only passage I underlined in AS I LAY DYING when I read it the first time in 11th grade:

In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not.


BILL FUCKIN FAULKNER

18 comments:

Josh Maday said...

nice work, blake. DIAGRAM is killer. faulkner, too.

Keith said...

i think i tried to tackle that in 9th grade. but i cheated and had the cliff's notes. still, it was a wild read. i may have to break out billy again soon.

my mother is a fish.

Alex said...

your stories are fucking amazing.

great job!

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thank you josh and alex

we should all group reread faulkner

faulkner is probably the one thing i was made to read in high school i should have paid more attention to. they hoist so much shit at you it's hard to take it seriously

i want to form the 'read barry hannah and gary lutz in schools' lobby

we will storm the bastille with sprayguns and abstruse adverbs tattooed on our foreheads

then kids will grow up scared more and wont't fuck so much or maybe will fuck more and better




vardman

Alex said...

i'm in.

i've never read any of his books but always wanted to. i started reading GO DOWN MOSES. i stopped for a reason i can't remember.

Josh Maday said...

yes. group faulkner orgy reread. in.

KEN BAUMANN said...

faulkner: in

fuck yes for loft, here it comes, cocoon

Kathryn said...

godbloggit that book is good. i mean, he is the most genius that has ever lived in human form.

BILL BLOGGIN' FAULKNER.

jereme said...

i love tom waits. i am jealous

Vardaman Bundren said...

My mother is a fish.

Peter Markus said...

I thought I was Vardaman Bundren.

My all-time favorite hyphenated phrase:

"not-fish"

Michael Kimball said...

I've reread As I Lay Dying so many times that I eventually underlined every line.

Josh Maday said...

no kidding. i think that that eventually happens with almost any faulkner you read over and over. i would be settle for just a touch of whatever linguistic madness inhabited his brain.

Adam R. said...

"geese like disco balls"

BLAKE BUTLER said...

yoinkssssssssss

BLAKE BUTLER said...

adam :()

Brandon said...

Faulkner is great
Tom Waits is great
Yannick Murphy is great
Story is great


so so great.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

great jumping joseph