Implausible Literary Halloween Costumes No One Will Recognize

The Judge from <i>Blood Meridian</i>: One cool thing to do on Halloween is to act like a total dick to everybody and pretend it’s just part of your costume. Considering that the Judge is one of the biggest loudmouth brutes in all of literature, why not...
Blake Butler

Learning How to Haunt Yourself

The more computers infiltrate our lives, the more fucked and torn apart people become. Where dicks like Whitman went off and lived surrounded with the trees, now we disappear into web browsers. Amina Cain, however, is able to turn the modern condition...
Blake Butler

The Many False Floors of Harry Mathews

Since 1962, Harry Mathews has published more than 30 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, many of which blur the lines between the three so effectively it’s difficult to say which genre they fall into.
Blake Butler

Everyone Is a Plagiarist

In the face of all the recent discussion about plagiarism, I’ve been constantly thinking about inspiration, where anything comes from. It’s hard not to feel constantly affected by everything that surrounds us. After driving through Atlanta traffic, for...
Blake Butler
Meet the Nieratkos

Skaters Can Read

Despite the age-old rumor that skateboarders are illiterate, we have indisputable photographic and videotape evidence that proves just the opposite.
Chris Nieratko


Photos inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film adaptation of <i>Lolita</i>. Photography by Tomás Peña, styling by Ella Cepeda.
Tomás Peña; Stylista: Ella Cepeda

Burning Bodies and Playing Dead with Jeff Jackson

An Excerpt from Jeff Jackson's New Novel, 'Mira Corpora'
Blake Butler

We Await Silent Thomas's Empire

Pynchon’s newest novel, <i>The Bleeding Edge</i>, comes out next week. Penguin released a teaser, which I skeptically read up to the point, a few paragraphs in, where a boy named Ziggy tells his mom that a tree "doesn't suck."
Jimmy Chen

If You Build the Code, Your Computer Will Write the Novel

Darby Larson’s new novel, <i>Irritant</i>, takes the utilization of computer generated speech to the next level. Or circuit board. Whatever. The book consists of a single 624-page paragraph, built out of sentences that seem to morph and mangle...
Blake Butler

Windows That Lead to More Windows: An Interview with Gary Lutz

Gary Lutz is one of those talents who can write about anything he wants—office supplies, men’s rooms, skin—and still be able to keep you ruminating on any single phrase for hours at a time. His 2007 book <i>Partial List of People to Bleach</i> has just...
Blake Butler

The Permutating Brain of Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon has published at least 27 books of fiction, yet he has somehow been overlooked as one of the masters of recording how a person thinks, how days go, what it feels like to be alive inside a brain.
Blake Butler

What I Remember from Getting an MFA in Creative Writing

On my first day in the dorms I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and saw reflected in the mirror an older woman naked in a bathtub behind me. I’d heard the dorms at my school were haunted, having been built in the late 1800s or something, but when...
Blake Butler