June 29th, 2012 / 5:07 pm

Daniel Bailey on ‘The New Sincerity/Alt-Lit’

For those interested (and for those who haven’t already read it), Daniel Bailey has written a tiny bit of a response to the recent discussion of The New Sincerity/Alt-Lit at his Tumblr thingy. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 if you’d like.

Excerpt below from Part 2:

I think Alt Lit is mostly posturing. It’s attaching one’s self to something larger and riding along. Alt Lit is a great white shark and the myriad Alt Lit writers are remoras along for the ride. The only thing is that Alt Lit is not yet a large great white shark. It’s still small. Aside from Tao Lin, who predates Alt Lit and, imho is not Alt Lit because he has his own vision, and Steve Roggenbuck, no Alt Lit writer has created anything that will last beyond Alt Lit’s moment. The shark is not big enough to carry the weight of so many remoras. Steve Roggenbuck, at this point, IS Alt Lit. All others are simply followers. Steve Roggenbuck is to Alt Lit as Nirvana was to grunge.


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  1. postitbreakup

      nah & don’t try to get him to acknowledge you in a chatroom even when he acknowledges literally every other person in the chatroom except you, because he will not, will not, will not

  2. Anonymous

       I think if I keep talking about my EVIL PLANS in Every Forum Available to me, I will achieve my Goals ( 1. convince Every One in Alt Lit I’m a Genius 2. Get Every One in Alt Lit to fall in Love with me 3. Hold Orgies 4. Get Rich off Porn )

  3. Anonymous

      Shoptalk. A meaningless word outside of the circle of people who actually “are”, in some way, inside of it.

  4. mimi

      can someone please tell me when it’s mean week
      please, i’m dyin’ here

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