Is Alt Lit an invisible genre?
is Casper the friendly ghost of literature. Kind, supportive, surrounded by a
bunch of larger, oftentimes bully-like older ghost brothers Alt Lit has it
rough. Life is difficult for Alt Lit. What makes it so difficult for those on
the inside of the normal or money-producing literary scene is how fucking dang
Alt Alt Lit is. Compared to other literary scenes Alt Lit is the absolute
altest. Explaining how Alt Lit is different can be somewhat difficult. Thanks
to the help of a particularly lovely ‘numbering scheme’ perhaps some of these
Alt Lit problems can be clarified:
Alt Lit gives no fucks: this is true. Usually
literature consists of a couple stuffy bros exploring philosophy using big old
fancy words or some elegant grand scheme. With Alt Lit there is a greater focus
on the most minimal usage of words for maximal impact. Everything is fair game.
This includes GCHATS, text messages, Macros, Tweets, etc. For whatever reason
the rest of literature decided that conversations over the phone are fair game
for dialogue but for whatever reason text messaging, something done all the
time, isn’t. Or even the whole ‘surfing the net’ that the young ones engage in
is left out. Little reference is made to all the places that people tend to
consume culture. Nobody goes to museums anymore. New art is rarely found in
museums. Art is online. Art is free. Which is part of Alt Lit’s other problem.
Alt Lit is free: this is very true. There hasn’t
been much of a sustainable business plan for Alt Lit. Indeed this is for
something entirely different. People in Alt Lit tend to write for extremely
personal reasons. Getting recognition for it and merging it with other forms
makes it even more difficult for it to have a sustainable business model.
Putting videos into a book is downright impossible. Sometimes they write for
profit. With few profit centers even for those interested in turning a profit,
the next best option is to at the very least ‘break even. More focus has been
placed on trying to bring attention to the wonderful things going on and being
given away for free after great amounts of work have been put in. Hopefully at
some point in the future there will be a way to bring this into the future.
easily solved. Dan Holloway discusses how Tao Lin’s ‘Taipei’ could be a
game-changing. Indeed Dan uses the violent language of a stealth fighter plane
emerging from the clouds to wreak havoc upon the hopeless outdated villages below
filled with foolish fools clinging to books and religion. Alt Lit in general is
a non-violent sort of movement. If anyone from Alt Lit were to simply emerge
out of the sky and start bombing things it would be that young dashing
rapscallion Andrea Coates. Perhaps Alt Lit will continue to grow up to a point
where it can no longer be ignored. Will Alt Lit be forever confined to the
internet or can it grow beyond being a mere phenomenon like ‘Weird Twitter’ or ‘Vapor
Wave’. Only time will time. Even if Alt Lit never becomes popular never becomes
critically successful it shall linger on, like a ghost, forever cached on the
internet, for discovery.