Thursday, April 16, 2009

What happened to that kid Nick H. who in 5th grade I watched rip open the flesh of his hand with a pen expressionlessly in the back of math class

Weston Cutter profiled EVER on Corduroy Books, with some very kind words, including: "...Blake Butler’s one of maybe ten writers currently writing whose sentences are miracles." Dang, thanks Weston.

Also awesome write up in the same post, of J. Robert Lennon's two new ones, one of which I read when it came out in the UK, 'Pieces for the Left Hand,' which is incredible. Really excited for 'Castle'.




I think my goal for this year is going to be to read 30 or more books released by Dalkey Archive, not counting, obviously, the many I've already read other years. So far for '09 I think I've read 6 of their titles, so I have some work to do, but I have a big stack on hand.




Entries to the nasty contest (see post below this one) are open through the evening. Get it juicy, kids. Not that you haven't already. I actually got a little green during some of the posts, either from nast or envy. Prolly both. Do a join in.




Have almost finished a first draft of the EVER-related novel, which takes place in the same house as EVER, I think. Don't know how I got so into it, but I think it is almost twice as long as EVER. Or something. What. What else.

8 comments:

ken baumann said...

The amount of novels Blake Butler has written + 5 or 6 = amount of hairs on my head.

DANG.

Tim Jones-Yelvington said...

...I was somewhat disappointed that the text of this post did not suggest any possible answers to the question posed in the title, as I am now very seriously considering the fate of Nick H.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

i wish i had more of an answer for the nick question, but i have really no idea and no way of finding out

i honestly believe he is likely in jail or dead, he had severe problems

Brandon Hobson said...

Great words by Weston Cutter, who wrote a wicked great story in The Boston Review sometime back.

Shane Jones said...

more evvvveeeeeeeerrrrrr. i want to get lost in the house again.

anonymous said...

When I was in 5th grade some kid stabbed me in the palm with a pair of scissors. I didn't even feel it, I thought he was hitting me. But then someone noticed I was bleeding all over the place and I went to the nurse and then I started crying. I never told anyone until not that I cried in front of the nurse.

Adam J Maynard said...

horny google wizards

Tim Jones-Yelvington said...

...sometimes I confuse the books I've read- I see a door on the ceiling of our bathroom and think maybe February lives up there.