About Jimmy Butts

So… You really want to get to know who Jimmy Butts is?


teach composition (and I teach the the teaching of composition), think about strange things, and try to write about them.


Where are you at the moment?

I am currently in the English Department at Louisiana State University. I’m lucky to be there.

I’m writing and thinking about defamiliarization, strangeness, grammar, the apocalypse, the future, formalism, commas, computers, rhetoric, and other oddities.



I dig music.  Do you like music?

Oh yes.  My favorite band, Pedro the Lion, is now defunct, though David Bazan is still making good music.  I also like folks like Ryan Adams, Damien Rice, Tom Waitsand other grovely, sad singers.  I like to listen to stuff like Brian Eno or Explosions in the Sky when I write.  


What do you like to read?

Funny enough, I don’t often read for fun. I’m always reading for work, so even though I’m in an English department, and am often asked this question, I find it hard to answer. I sometimes say that my favorite book is No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain.  You should read it.  It’s crazy.  I also like James Joyce, William Faulkner, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Gertrude Stein, Mark Z. Danielewski, e. e. cummings, and anybody that likes to play around with language.  I also like Latour and Derrida and things like that.  In his writing in Theory of Prose, Victor Shklovsky is perhaps my most salient interlocutor. But we try not to talk about stuff like that at the dinner table.  I also try to read the Bible sometimes.