The self-destruction of the internet writing scene known as ‘alt-lit’ (short for alternative literature, of course) has arrived in two harrowing swoops.
Over the past two months it has come to light that two prominent figures in indie publishing (Steven Trull of HTML Giant and Plain Wrap Press, Stephen Tully Dierks of Pop Serial) may have been involved in a number of unreported sexual assaults against young women.
“on a daily basis i find myself
becoming less and less concerned
with other people’s idea of what poetry is
and also with my own idea
of what poetry is.”—joshua jennifer espinoza, from i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (via aberdeen)
i’ll accept that when it’s a heart doctor who couldn’t close a suture i’ll accept that when it’s a lawyer who couldn’t win a case i’ll accept that when it’s a roller coaster operator eating a sandwich who forgets to turn off the ride and cars fly off the loop-de-loop
but i can’t, i won’t abide imperfect police
it’s as if you’ve forgotten your purpose, but remembered to load your gun. you see yourself as enforcer, as executioner, and your actions aren’t punishable by the same law - the same lies. for every young black man you shoot in the back, for every pregnant woman you slam to the ground, asthmatic man you choke to death, boy’s head you break windows with, my distrust of you grows, shoots up another foot
you, with power over the lives of so many, go home lay down your killing tools and ask yourself why you fear so much
“The frightening thing is that, like most of their other campaigns against women, they see themselves as just warriors fighting for what’s right. This is primarily because they firmly believe that any woman who speaks up on women’s issues is completely disingenuous and only doing it for the purposes of self-promotion, and that any man who does is looking to get laid, because they actually cannot possibly imagine a scenario in which someone would genuinely give a shit about women.
Members of this board, as well as “Men’s Rights Activists” in general, tend to go apoplectic at even the most mild implications that women might be human beings. For them, this is simply “not allowed” and must be punished swiftly and severely, as they appear to believe that feminism is the one obstacle in the way of all these pathetic neckbeards getting their pick of supermodel girlfriends who obey their every whim. The goal is to make it as uncomfortable to speak out about misogyny and women’s issues as possible, which is why they go to the wall in terms of harassing women like Emma Watson. At the end of the day, this is the crux of it. It would be sad if it weren’t so vile.”—
“For the length of time it takes to write a book, you need to believe that you’re the only writer in existence; the only one who matters. You need to shut yourself away and allow the creativity to build up, not leak out through worry and comparisons and doubt.”—Martin Cosgrove (via writersrelief)
It’s almost comical to see yet another article describing a White shooter in apologetic terms, while Black victims of police shootings are almost always described as troublemakers.
A heavily armed White male in Pennsylvania shot two police officers in cold blood, and NBC wrote an article with a headline describing him as an “easy-going guy.” Meanwhile, a completely unarmed Black teenager gets shot by a police officer under questionable circumstances in Missouri, and he gets described as "no angel" who "dabbled in drugs and alcohol" by the New York Times.