Top 10 WILFs editor July 11, 2011 Scuttlebutt 18 Comments Being a writer is soooooooo hard. Everyone is always valuing you for your brains, your passion, your insight about the human condition. No one ever seems to care about what really matters: the way you look. So, to relieve this burden, here are 10 writers that are highly fuckable, and not just for their brains and work. Or, if you’d rather, 10 WILFs. 1. Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and co-editor and co-founder of n+1. n+1 is cool as shit. And Kunkel manages a rare feat: being both blond and broody. 2. Miranda July, author of No One Belongs Here More Than You and performer extraordinaire. July is like that girl you worked with at the coffee shop in college: quirky and weird with an “INDIE” brand of cool, and you just know that she’s into some interesting shit in the bedroom. Except unlike that girl from the coffee shop, July has turned pretty much everything she’s touched into some kind of success. 3. Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient. I want Whitehead to take me on a boat on a lake while frogs serenade us, The Little Mermaid style. 4. Diana Spechler, author of Skinny and Who by Fire. There are injustices in this world: some people have good bodies and pretty faces and great hair, and some people are smart and talented writers, and then some people have good bodies and pretty faces and great hair and are smart and talented writers. 5. Joshua Ferris, author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End. Isn’t it a tragedy that Ferris is married? Makes me wanna be a homewrecker. 6. Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment and co-editor of The Believer. Julavits taught a workshop at my MFA program last semester. I was glad I didn’t have her as my professor, because her good looks are distracting. Plus she dresses really well. 7. John Wray, author of Lowboy and Canaan’s Tongue. Wray looks like he should be eternally lounging around in the tightest of boxer briefs, not writing a collection of acclaimed novels. 8. Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize winner for Interpreter of Maladies. Lahiri’s stunning good looks have been noted since she first came on the scene over ten years ago, and because of this, I almost left her off this list. But she’s just too goddamn hot. 9. Simon Van Booy, author of Everything Beautiful Began After and Love Begins in Winter. If Van Booy’s Johnny Depp-esque good looks aren’t enough for you, just read his piece for The New York Times’ Modern Love. ::swoon:: 10. Zadie Smith, author of On Beauty and The Autograph Man. Smith’s next book is called On Beauty II. It’s a nonfiction collection of essays about what she sees when she looks into the mirror. —Julia Jackson writes fiction and is a regular contributor to Electric Dish. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College. 18 Responses CaptainClaudio July 11, 2011 Graham Moore and Christopher Rice get my vote. Reply Afternoon Bites: Irmgard Keun, WILFs, Tolstoy hating on everything, Google+, and more | Vol. 1 Brooklyn July 11, 2011 […] Well, it would seem WILFs (Writers I’d Like to…you know) is a thing, and Joshua Ferris, Diana Spechler, and Benjamin Kunkel are among the ten listed. […] Reply Sara H July 11, 2011 Dude. David Mitchell. Reply alcide nikopol July 12, 2011 i second that proof Reply Sara H July 16, 2011 Mmmhmm. Top 10 WILFs? | July 11, 2011 […] Top 10 WILFs […] Reply Darren Cormier July 11, 2011 Reif Larsen, Jennifer Egan, Amy Hempel Reply Julia J. July 11, 2011 J. Egan and the Hempster were both considered for this list… but I decided I’d rather just roll around in their hair. Reply Farley July 11, 2011 Yes to all but #4 and #7. I mean seriously? Reply Highbrow Beach Reads, Impersonal Reviews, and More Literary Links « Fiction July 11, 2011 […] At Electric Literature’s Outlet blog, Julia Jackson gives a top ten list of WILFs (you can probably guess what that stands for) that includes Benjamin Kunkel, Miranda July, Colson […] Reply HH July 13, 2011 Maybe Mr. Wray *is* eternally lounging around in the tightest of boxer briefs, *while* writing a collection of acclaimed novels….♔♕♖♗♘♙ Reply Carolyn DeCarlo July 13, 2011 YESSSS. <3 you EL. my list would probably have some changes, but just knowing this exists makes me a happier person. Reply What’s Your Favorite Summer Fluff Piece? - GalleyCat July 14, 2011 […] Literature’s Outlet blog had another great piece of summer fluff. In a post titled, “Top 10 WILFs,” author Julia Jackson named the top 10 writers she’d like to take a roll in the hay with. Authors […] Reply jim July 14, 2011 how is jonathan baumbach not on this list? complaint. Reply Alessia July 18, 2011 I like the sociopathic new york writers, jim carroll – but he’s dead, Michael Subrizi, but he’s obscure, padma lakshimi, but she writes cookbooks, but I’m sure some Rushdie rubbed off on her Reply Bomb Summer Issue Release Party | The Outlet: the Blog of Electric Literature July 28, 2011 […] but if you want to know more about what we think of him here at EL, you should just go here or here. Sarah V. Schweig was the final reader of the night, and she read some of her […] Reply Senethra T. Anderson August 16, 2011 The only way you get fucked is not listening to your conscience. Sometimes the skills of history makes people more intrigued then anything. So go fuck yourself first before you let others people. Reply Greg Olear | Omission Impossible | The Nervous Breakdown June 18, 2013 […] 3. 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