UFO in the Garden: A Panel about Social Media

Oscar Schwartz hosted a handful of writers/personalities–Blake Butler, Mira Gonzelez, myself, Krystal South, and Adrien Chen–as part of the Digital Writers Festival.

How does our use of Gmail Chat, memes, Tumblr, and Twitter change what ‘literature’ might be? Oscar Schwartz leads a panel of alternative and experimental internet writers to discuss how new online-first literary movements are making new forms of literature possible.

For a solid hour we talked about everything from Gawker to HTMLgiant, publishing to internet presence.

(Hot Stuff) Sky Saw by Blake Butler

I recently reviewed Blake Butler’s Sky Saw for The Collagist. A sample from the review is as follows:



Understand what you choose to understand but what Butler suggests is more important than what he’s trying to say: Plenty of books will outlive us; plenty of books already have. Books upon books conceal the personalities of the people that wrote them. These books become dangerous, spouting apocalyptic disgust and the acrid stench of death. Butler reveals the hidden depths of Sky Saw’s personality and makes it part of the book’s cadence. We see the book as entity, the dominant force in a world of people known less by name and more by number (e.g., Person 1180, 811, 2030).


For the full review, click here. 

Or you could go ahead and buy the book.