- Morgan Kendall
- Blake Butler
Butler was followed by his friend and fellow HTMLGiant blogger Justin Taylor, who was reading from his debut novel, The Gospel of Anarchy. Anarchy is more traditional than Year—it's about a group of (mostly) Christian anarchists trying to get along in a collective in Gainesville Florida in 1999—and his reading style was more traditional, too. Taylor lovingly described the anarchist lifestyle—dumpster-diving and shoplifting—and appeared to respect the stitched-together spirituality of his characters; he wasn't the strongest reader I've ever seen, but his admiration for his characters was intriguing. I went in knowing very little about the book, and I left wanting to read the whole thing.
The Q&A for both men centered on blogging and how it related to their novel-writing process. Taylor said he retired from HTMLGiant because while he enjoyed blogging, he was tired of "putting an idea into its idea box," and he wanted to sit with ideas for a while, allowing them to fester and "grow in weird ways." Butler was a little more succinct about blogging, describing the process like this: "I have this idea, so I'm going to fart it out and let other people fart on top of it in this big machine of gas." There was no way to top that image, so the reading ended.