Blake Butler taps into suburbia's gothic undercurrents
There Is No Year:
by Blake Butler
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In an interview published in the winter 2010 issue of the Paris Review, Jonathan Franzen said to Stephen Burn, "I've never felt less self-consciously preoccupied with language than I did when I was writing Freedom. Over and over again, as I was producing chapters, I said to myself, 'This feels nothing like the writing I did for twenty years—this just feels transparent.'" Franzen added that this struck him as "a good sign"—an indication that he was "pressing language more completely into the service of providing transparent access to the stories I was telling and to the characters in those stories."
Blake Butler is the opposite of that. Editor of HTML Giant, "the internet literature magazine blog of the future," he published his first book, Ever (2009), with Calamari Press, and his second, Scorch Atlas (2010), with
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