Literary Links 8.19 — 8.26

Hello, World! The Internet regressed to 1993. So here are some links.

Sarah Lyall reviews Helen Phillips’s deliciously weird bureaucratic thriller The Beautiful Bureaucrat at the New York Times.

“She bit a boy’s throat because he was trying to get his hand up her skirt. Her affection for Rebecca is complicated.” Brandon Hobson talks to Ottessa Moshfegh about her novel Eileen at The Believer. Moshfegh’s previous book is about a drunken sailor named McGlue. Read her.

Lit Reactor has a short list of female short story writers you should be reading. Amelia Gray is one of them. She’s pretty cool.

The last thing we’ve ever wanted to know is the etymology of the Northern Californian word “hella,” so that is why we put it here for you.

Reflections on the gifts of women poets over at The Offing.


VICE talks to Alexandra Kleeman about her novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, as well as the appeal of Scientology. Is it David Miscavige’s waxen skin?

A 12-year-old boy holding a drink tripped over his feet and punched a hole through a 17th-Century Italian oil painting. Winner of the millennium. Bravo!

Sex is really hard in fiction. For Yuknavitch, “extreme experience—which includes rough sex, inebriation, pain, and making art—offers access to a self that precedes or exceeds the rational.” Yes.

Morrissey has a novel coming out soon. It’s titled List of the Lost. Though Electric Literature, and us, think that Irish Text, English Binding is a bit better.

By The Toast‘s account, most zodiac signs would have died in childbirth during the Early Modern period.


“The Runner” by Laird Hunt

Here’s Laird Hunt’s fantastic story “The Runner,” which we published in TIMBER Vol. 5, our latest issue. Get this and other fantastic stories in our latest issue, available here.



When I was younger I liked to go running.

I ran in Indiana.

I ran in London.

I ran in Taiwan during the monsoon.

I ran in Hong Kong.

I had a water-resistant Walkman. Bright yellow. I ran with it. I had a Prince tape. Some Kenny Loggins. Diana. Ronstadt. Trot, trot, trot.

For a time, in Indiana, I ran with a blue radio apparatus called a Bone Phone. It wrapped around your shoulders. I could run and listen to basketball games.

I ran with my uncle and cousin in Connecticut and Minnesota.

I ran, a lot, by myself.



A Digital Copy of Timber Vol. 5 Now Available

vol. 5 | 2015

Our most recent print issue dropped in April. We had a wonderful party in Denver to celebrate.

Vol. 5 has some great work by Shelly Weathers, Eric Baus, Patrick Culliton, Taira Anderson, Louis Staeble, Claire Hopple, Laird Hunt, Olivia Olson, Natalie Vestin, Brian Evenson, and many more.

Now we’ve uploaded it for your convenience. Grab the PDF of it (and our older issues) here for free!