Thursday, September 10, 2009

Scorch Atlas Tour | Reviews | Dog n Cat

More Scorch Atlas hype

Reviewed in the Boston Phoenix by Nina Maclaughlin: "Scorch Atlas doesn't make its point with narrative arc or character development or paragraphs or even the lovely, terrible sentences. Instead, it's the heaping of words — mauled bubbled clods knotted clogged rot foam mold growth cragged bugged curdle boils lumps ooze gunk stung and on and on — that press on you, as if you were being buried, drowned, dissolved, as if you were about to swallow your tongue."

Review at Pank by Roxane Gay: "Scorch Atlas is a fine example of experiment with purpose (writers, take note!), of world building, of decadent, detailed and innovative writing. This is a book that should be read, and widely." + "...if ever there was an argument for the importance of the book as a physical object, that argument would be Scorch Atlas."

Tweeted by @LairdHunt: Just got my copy of Scorch Atlas -- nicely "destroyed" by the author. A few pieces in. Both delirious and controlled. Highly recommend.

Profiled @ Three Guys One Book






Leaving tomorrow morning for reading dates with Robert Lopez and Samuel Ligon, please come out if you are around, would be rad:

9/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Barbes @ 6 PM
9/14: Portsmouth, NH @ River Run Books @ 7 PM
9/15: South Deerfield, MA @ Schoen Books @ 8 PM
9/16: Boston, MA @ Brookline Booksmith @ 7 PM
9/17: Providence, RI @ Myopic Books @ 7 PM
9/18: Clinton, NJ @ Clinton Bookshop @ 630 PM
9/19: Baltimore, MD @ 510 Series @ 5 PM
9/20: Philly, PA @ The Dive Bar @ 8 PM





Bye!

11 comments:

ryan manning said...

jesus

Bradley Sands said...

My brother works for the Boston Phoenix and I'm trying to get him to steal the review copy and send it to me because I do not have money. But he refuses.

He says, "how about that scene from the review about the three brothers pinning down their mother for her milk? Holy crapola!"

Didn't I work on an edit for that story before we decided to go with the Friends story? I think so. Oh, my memory.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

bradley

wanna trade or something?

i think yeah you saw an early version of that story, i forgot bout dat

oink

Bradley Sands said...

That would be sweet!

How about the new issue of Bust and maybe the next print one? Probably got a publisher for next time, so I don't have to pay for it anymore.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

i am down for that. i wont have time to mail before i get back, but i will holler at you then

Bradley Sands said...

Ok, thanks. Email me your address. I don't know where that is. I'll email you mine back.

Radish King said...

I started reading Scorch Atlas this morning and have been reading it and nothing else throughout the entire day even though I have a stack of books I need to plummet through. I find Scorch Atlas works on me the way the best poems do. I have to read a few pages then stumble around my house (checking for rain and fire damage to be sure), and thinking about what I have just read.

I am gleefully pink to find such strong original stuff in amongst the mediocre pap that is shilled as writing these days.

Congratulations even though I haven't finished the book but I bet I will have before it gets dark here in Seattle tonight.

BravO.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

radish, those are very high compliments, thanks a lot. makes me feel really good. i appreciate it.

Scott Snyder said...

hey Blake - jus tabout to pick up Scorch Atlas. The descriptions sounds great - my own collection, Voodoo HEart, was released in 07 by Dial. Excited for you! Best of luck! S

stay in touch - ssnyder1835@yahoo.com

Walser & Co. said...

Reading at Schoen Books could be at 8 or 7--you tell us.

BlogSloth said...

Are you still eating the book?