Hey look, let’s get this out in the open right now, I REALLY like Bridget Lutherborrow, I like like Bridget Lutherborrow. I am marrying this lady. This weekend is our ten year anniversary. I’m trying to say we’re tight.
Bridget is also my favourite writer in the entire world, and you can take that as some hardcore bias, but it’s goddamn true. Bridget writes beautiful, lyrical, weird prose that can be sad and strange and flippant all at the same time. There have been times where I’ve been like ‘Bridget, what’s that Etgar Keret/Dave Eggers/Murakami story about the horse and the whiskey and the blah called?’ and Bridget’s like ‘Patrick, that’s my story, you are describing my own story back to me’. She’s just that good.
Bridget has a collection of short stories called ‘Thirteen Story Horse’ which has been published by Going Down Swinging as part of their amazing ‘Longbox’. It’s a gorgeous collection all centred around a horse that lives in a suburban apartment complex, which I can’t help but imagine to be in Wollongong, but probably isn’t. I cannot tell you how great this collection is.
The Longbox has a bunch of other great writers in it, and they’ve all been paired with spectacular illustrators. It’s a gorgeous artifact, and everyone should own one and use it to invoke envy in their friends and enemies
Why don’t you read this excellent story of hers on Scum Mag called ‘Tobias’.
Tobais is a Minotaur. No really. And you, having just woken up beside him, are loath to pull your clothes back on. A part of it is just how shit you feel, lying like a bag of sawdust in the sun. And another part is that, while it is very easy to put clothes on, sometimes it takes half a bottle of gin to take them off – you don’t want to waste the effort.
Or why don’t you go and read Bridget’s excellent cooking blog Straight Talking Vegetables. Oh jesus, Bridget is a really good cook too. It’s obscene.
Actually though, I understand that sometimes you need/want to get day drunk. Sometimes you also have to make emergency cake as a result of someone else’s day drunk. Is cool.
Bridget is very, very funny, and very very talented, and often very strange. You should buy her books. She is currently writing a novel about WW2 Lumberjills in Scotland, and I predict that it is going to be astounding.