Ben Spivey

Ben Spivey is the author of a novel, Flowing in the Gossamer Fold (Blue Square Press 2010) and a chapbook The Body Between The Glass (forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press). His work has been published in Abjective and Everyday Genius. He lives in Atlanta and blogs at yourbrainsblackbox.blogspot.com.

what are you reading now

Right now I am reading Child of God by Cormac McCarthy and How They Were Found by Matt Bell.

classic you’ve been meaning to read


last book you finished in a single sitting

I don't usually read books in a single sitting, maybe ten years ago I finished a D&D book in a single sitting.

book you borrowed and never returned

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

strangest book you’ve ever read

In Candyland It's Cool to Feed on Your Friends by James Chapman

if you could take a cross-country road trip with any literary character

Clamence from The Fall by Albert Camus or Marvin K. Mooney from The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney, a novel by Christopher Higgs.

book you’ve planted on a coffee table to impress someone

Infinite Jest

if you could subscribe to only one literary journal

Annalemma is amazing.

best thing you’ve read online recently

Phone by Darby Larson” by Darby Larson in the April 2010 issue of The Collagist

most anticipated upcoming release

There Is No Year by Blake Butler and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

recommended reading list:

Books That I’ve Removed from My Bookshelf and Stacked in Piles Because I Associate Them in Some Way, or I Like Looking at Their Spines, Etc.

Stacked Pile #1:

- When All Our Days Are Numbered by Sasha Fletcher

- EVER by Blake Butler

- The Fall by Albert Camus

- Log Of The S.S. the Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford

- The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca

Stacked Pile #2:

- Prose. Poems. A Novel. By Jamie Iredell

- Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor

- Fugue State by Brian Evenson

- Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg

- Good, Brother by Peter Markus

- The Failure Six by Shane Jones

- Motorman by David Ohle

- Ugly Man: Stories by Dennis Cooper

- Wolf Parts by Matt Bell

Stacked Pile #3:

- Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

- Firework by Eugene Marten

- Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

- Stories In The Worst Way by Gary Lutz

- Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

- Burning Chrome by William Gibson

- The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball

- The Singing Fish by Peter Markus

- South Of The Border, West Of The Sun by Haruki Murakami

- Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler

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