Simple Machines


What is Michael Bible Doing?

Simple Machines
by Michael Bible
Awesome Machine Press, 2011
64 pages /  $8   Buy from Awesome Machine








What is Michael Bible up to?

Michael Bible has fixed the toilet with a shotgun!

Michael Bible has hand-picked the sentence without kid gloves, without hubbub, without shilly-shallying!

Michael Bible has exploded the sentence by reforming the sentence into what it was once and dreams of being again.

Michael Bible is the new South, writing from Oxford, Mississippi.


November 4th, 2011 / 12:00 pm

A Kind of Weird Beauty: Michael Bible’s Simple Machines

Michael Bible is the author of Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, as well as the chapbooks Gorilla Math and My Second Best Bear Rug. He was winner of the ESPN: the Magazine/Stymie fiction prize. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi where he edits Kitty Snacks.

Michael Kimball: I’m curious: How did you get the title? That feels like it must have been a key to writing the piece.

Michael Bible: As far as Simple Machines goes, the title actually came to me after I wrote it, but you’re right, it sort of crystallized it for me. I started the manuscript after I read The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed and I was playing around with random sentence generators and ESL textbooks. I love sentences that are used as examples for school. (Has someone written a book of word problems? Also, that would be a good title. Probably somebody’s written it.) There is an oddness to those example sentences that I love, “bad” writing as “good” writing. They have a kind of weird beauty and they seemly have no context but somehow make stories anyway. Simple Machines is also something I learned about in school so it made sense that that would be a good title. READ MORE >

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September 19th, 2011 / 9:48 am