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Blake Butler is the author of There Is No Year, Ever, and Scorch Atlas.

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“If there’s a more thoroughly brilliant and exciting new writer than Blake Butler . . . well, there just isn’t.”

– Dennis Cooper

“Lyrical…A weird, waking-dream of a memoir superbly illustrating the relentless inner spin of the insomniac.”

– Kirkus

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Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia

Blake Butler On Reading

10/26/11

“Reading is eating. There are corndogs and there is cereal and there is lettuce. It’s fun to get a lot of weird shit up in your waddle. You get really hungry sometimes, and other times you want to go for a good big walk. I like exercising on a stationary bike or running on a treadmill while I read because it’s like becoming and unbecoming the fat boy at once, which pushes out inside doubly. Sometimes I drive my car and read. I drive better because of it. I want everything inside me. I want to see a dog squatting over America. Books have butts. They have legs and arms and money. Some will help you to the bed. Guns are in books sometimes and sometimes, less often, Hostess products appear. My mom taught me to want to read by showing me a big bag I was not allowed to look in. I took one book out at a time. I am a pig child and so I ate it and I ate the words and I got XL. I had to wear the shirts that looked like teepees. Thanks, books.”

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2 Comments

  1. Emily Lackey said on 10/26/11 at 8:10 am Reply

    I love this.

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  2. Jordan Blum said on 11/01/11 at 10:18 am Reply

    Holy crap I think my mind was just violated. This post, to me, illustrates how a piece can be appreciated for its flow and use of language just as much (if not more) than for its logic and meaning. In other words, I may not know what the hell I just read, but I enjoyed how the words blended into each other.

    Also, I’m tempted to try driving and reading simultaneously (although I’d probably do worse than Butler).

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