blogging sloth I never knew I’d be around over two whole years later. 2012 was
a strange year for me. Things are currently wild in my little animal kingdom. 2012
is the year of the alt lit.
ethic. Some of these writers put out a high quality product each and every
year. While I’d love to simply nominate everyone for an award I can’t quite do
that. I’m a sloth. It is hard being a sloth with all these things happening
around me. I wish I could blog harder, like every hour of every day. To do that
I’d need serious cash or something, or the ability to live in an abandoned
building somewhere, like a literary squat. As Baltimore has plenty of those I
guess I could figure it out.
incomplete list of people I’ve been personally enjoying for a little while this
year. Hopefully some of these will be new, not all of them will be. What I try
to do with my ‘heroic’ (Chris Dankland’s words, not mine) blogging is to
support others. This year that changed a little bit with people supporting me
by buying my chapbook or T-shirts. Try as I might it is a hard thing to
accurately describe exactly how much that helps me out. So to everyone who has
helped me out I really thank you for it.
winners of 2012’s ‘Beachies’ awards. Having this on Spreecast means I can
actually read these out this year. I’m excited to do it. Check out the
Spreecast line if possible. Hopefully Spreecast doesn’t delete this ‘once in a
Greg Santos’s work is particularly gentle, silly, and charming. In other words
it basically appeals to all of my senses. Anybody who meets him will meet a
kind, considerable, and gentle spirit. His work reflects this with an emphasis
on the sweeter side of things, think ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ of alt lit.
With his simultaneous simple sentiments emphasizing a deeper understanding, I
like Greg Santos a lot. He earned it.
me busier than any other publication this year. I want to thank them for
keeping the quality high, oh so high.
Gabby has a promising ass-future? Yes I do. From humble origins as just another
online persona into a full blown IRL Target employee, Gabby Gabby has won my heart
with her sweet tales recounting driving a big truck down the highway, telling
people where to find tampons, and other grand moments.
Scott’s work. There’s a part of Collected Works of Scott McClanahan that I read
and re-read because it just made me laugh out loud, about the NASCAR drunken
fools. Part touching, part ridiculous, and all parts fresh, Scott’s a good man.
West Virginian I fully respect. Her work, unlike Scott’s, is much more brutal.
Those who mess with Jae Dyche will be taken ‘the fuck’ out. Plus she has style
for miles. Nobody dresses as good as her. I’m jealous. I’m a sloth though.
friend I never knew I had. He’s great. What Peterbd writes in this EBOOK is
pretty danged funny. Also it remains one of the few times I’ve ever gotten a
shout-out in a written piece of work.
Serge Astapkov – Nobody has ever met Serge. His work is strong, really strong.
Check him out on Shabby Doll House.
reading. A handful of people could hear him. He’s good. He’s really good.
SKETCHY MOMENTS IN 2012 PT 1-3 is super creepy the aftereffects of being an out
of control person who is completely in control.
their sad on. Sian Rathore is considerably more British than I am.
person knows what I am talking about. This award is for them. They will remain
and has released in a few other places as well. His work tends to get stuck in
my head. There’s something he does with language that simply jams into my
noggin. I mean this as the greatest form of flattery.
that is going to rock everyone’s socks off. Those with sandals, their lives
will be over after this play.
practically post-Goth. Yet her writing will scare the bejesus out of you. One
moment there will be you sleeping, the next a dead person in bed with you.
Apparently I enable Gilbert Morgan. I’m more than happy to do it.