Nothing: A Portrait Of Insomnia

Paperback | October 11, 2011

byBlake Butler

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“If there’s a more thoroughly brilliant and exciting new writer than Blake Butler . . . well, there just isn’t.” —Dennis Cooper

From Blake Butler, one of the most challenging young writers of our time and the acclaimed author of the novel There Is No Year, comes a thrillingly wide-ranging and provocative book about insomnia—from its role in history, art, and science through its unexpected consequences on Butler’s personal imagination, creative process, and perspective on reality. Fans of David Foster Wallace, David Shields, and Dennis Cooper will be captivated by Blake Butler’s darkly evocative prose and his daring exploration of the challenges of consciousness.

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“If there’s a more thoroughly brilliant and exciting new writer than Blake Butler . . . well, there just isn’t.” —Dennis CooperFrom Blake Butler, one of the most challenging young writers of our time and the acclaimed author of the novel There Is No Year, comes a thrillingly wide-ranging and provocative book about insomnia—from its rol...

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One of the most acclaimed young voices of his generation, Blake Butler now offers his first work of nonfiction: a deeply candid and wildly original look at the phenomenon of insomnia.Invoking scientific data, historical anecdote, Internet obsession, and figures as diverse as Andy Warhol, Gilles Deleuze, John Cage, Anton LaVey, Jorge Lu...

Blake Butler is the author of five books of fiction, includingThere Is No Yearand Scorch Atlas; a work of hybrid nonfiction,Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia; and two collaborative works,Anatomy Courseswith Sean Kilpatrick andOnewith Vanessa Place and Christopher Higgs. He is the founding editor ofHTMLGIANT, "the Internet literature maga...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061997382

ISBN - 13:9780061997389

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“Lyrical…A weird, waking-dream of a memoir superbly illustrating the relentless inner spin of the insomniac.”