Blake Butler is the guest. (Just push PLAY below.) Or listen (and subscribe!), free of charge, at iTunes.
He’s the founder of the popular literary blog HTML Giant. He’s the author of the novella Ever (Calamari Press); the author of Scorch Atlas, a novel-in-stories, from Featherproof Books; the author of the novel There is No Year, from Harper Perennial.
And now he’s the author of a memoir called Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia – also from Harper Perennial.
Nothing is, um, really something. It’s Blake’s first work of nonfiction, a new road, and a fine complement to what he’s been doing for the past several years in fiction. An impressive book.
We talk about it. We talk about a lot of stuff.
Topics of conversation include sleep, lack of sleep, dreams, nightmares, fear, obesity, serotonin, David Foster Wallace, television, jogging, Don DeLillo, the Internet, abstract Tweeting, Twitter anxiety, Twitter obsession, Tao Lin, perspiration, dementia, writing rituals, and more.