Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gorgonz

Thanks to everyone again for the kind words about things. Feels nice. Humbling, and I am grateful.

For those that have asked, the nonfiction book is not my book of lists, but a new manuscript that is currently in progress, which will be about insomnia and obsession. Getting along, underway.

Feels like there's more I could/should say about all that but maybe I'll just hush for now. Maybe I should lay out how the whole thing went down, which seems a very unconventional method of a book deal happening. I don't know. Maybe later.




The Faster Times reprinted a conversation between me and Michael Kimball about acoustics and language. It's probably my favorite craft talking I've gotten into. It originally appeared in Unsaid 4.



Tobias Carroll followed up on his profile of Scorch Atlas by posting the full text of his interview with me at the Scowl.



Barrelhouse asked me and a bunch of other people about favorite Patrick Swayze movies.




I ate some more pages of Scorch Atlas but the video came out really dark, I wish I had Final Cut still so I could put a bunch of them together in hyperspeed, iMovie really sucks.




You can review or say small things or post segments from already existing words you've blogged etc. about Scorch Atlas on Amazon, I'd really love you if you did, things like that seem to help.



You might also review Young Jeezy's 102.

11 comments:

nathantyree said...

I posted a small review at amazon.

I should have a longer review up elsewhere soon.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

that is a really wonderful blurb nathan. i appreciate it to the ends. thank you.

Keith said...

P.S. My first order of business, since I know the book -- I'd like to think? -- rather well at this point, will be to review it on Amazon for you, since I know how much that helps. I'm anticipating a very good and well-written review by me.

HOWEVER, IT DOESN'T HELP THAT I'D BE REVIEWING IT FROM A .DOC FILE.

SO THEREFORE, I'D BE DOING WRONG.

I HATE DOING WRONG.

IN THE WORDS OF TYLER PERRY, I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF.

WHERE IS MY SCORCH ATLAS COPY?

Don't worry, you'll be one of the first to get Ghost Lights too, as I said...!

BLAKE BUTLER said...

haha, yes. i love you keith. ok, taking this package to the mailbox tomorrow. promise.

Keith said...

Awesomeness.

It's the NY address you have on the cover page of the new manuscript!

Looking forward to it!

Richard Thomas said...

"Maybe I should lay out how the whole thing went down, which seems a very unconventional method of a book deal happening. I don't know. Maybe later."

YES, please do. All of us out here trying to break through would love to hear any and all ways that have worked - from stalking editors at AWP to sending booze to small presses to sordid acts in back alleys.

Peace,
Richard

Alec Niedenthal said...

hey blake, i blurbed SA. great job with it. meant every word to the max.

Rose Hunter said...

I really enjoyed that interview with Michael Kimball. I especially liked the stuff you said about previously published pieces and the revision process. I like the phrase "groan holes."

I agree with Richard; I'd be interested in reading about how the book deal went down. Congrats btw! I was going to put that in the comments on your post below but there were already lots there, so.

I look forward to seeing you eat more Scorch Atlas.

Mel Bosworth said...

Amazon review posted. Great work, Blake. Thoroughly enjoyed, truly.

Please stop eating it. Have some pancakes instead, bro.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

alec, man, thank you so much. really kind and awesome reflection of the book. loved.

mel, thank you. the image of the snake in a jar and blood fucks me up in the best way. i can't think of an image i like better.

very thankful for both.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

rose, glad you liked the interview, :)

will consider writing up a post about how things went down, soon.

thanks again everybody