“Hair Loop” by Blake Butler

Blake Butler started writing lists as a way of killing time at— as he called it in a Willow Springs profile— “a shitty desk job.” He says, “I sat down then and typed out a list of 50 thoughts, mostly associative and containing leaps of logic based on my constant interruptions at that shitty desk job. Immediately after finishing that first list of 50, I committed myself to do a series of them, not knowing how long it would take me to do so, especially after getting fired during the writing of list 13, thus changing the entire nature of the creative environment.”

“Hair Loop” was the twenty-eighth such list Butler wrote, and it was published in Willow Springs 64, as was the forty-seventh list.

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