Muumuu House - Meta Knight
One Postitbreakup, a fine internet lad, bequeathed to me the title of ‘Alt Lit’s Guardian Angel’. I promise to uphold the key principles of alt lit in my new position. He sent me a Tweet about the recent ‘Meta Knight/Muumuu House/Alt Lit Gossip controversy’. To reply with a 140 character explanation seems outright foolish. No tweet sized text can accurately capture the thrill and drama alongside this highly complicated course of events. Every key outlet of alt lit was involved: Meta Knight, Muumuu House, Tao Lin, crown prince of alt lit and ultimately the New York Times of alt lit, alt lit gossip.
Meta Knight is an up and coming player in the alt lit scene. Recently he tweeted that Muumuu House was publishing his short story collection ‘School’. This created a veritable discussion thread the likes of which have never been seen on the ‘Alt Lit Gossip’ group page. Many congratulated Meta Knight for this accomplishment he did not accomplish. It was a lie. An inside joke that Meta Knight took to the outside via ‘Twitter’.
Seeing the potentially ‘huge’ amount of clout surrounding the news, Meta Knight emailed Tao Lin about this development. Tao politely declines the invitation to publish said short story collection ‘School’. Meta Knight is informed his chances of being published in Muumuu House are less than 0%, indicating a negative level of interest in publishing. Meta Knight, true to his word of shaking things up, promises to email Tao Lin in 2014, after which Tao Lin will be enormously rich and successful probably.
People express dissatisfaction at this level of ‘fooling around’. Muumuu House is a serious endeavor. It serves as a way for Tao Lin to publish works that interest him. The way it works is Tao publishes things from people he likes and feels he doesn’t owe anything to. Pressure is a bad thing for a publishing house to run under. Unfortunately many do just that, soliciting submissions and ‘smacking down’ the respondents. Rejections are a natural part of any zine/publishing house/etc. For this very reason I can promise one thing: Beach Sloth will NEVER create an independent zine, lit journal, etc. Having to make that sort of judgment call would break my little heart. I want to support everybody. Rejection is something I just don’t do. So these ‘solicitations’ that Muumuu House, Pop Serial, and others engage in show a way of avoiding this level of disappointment by selecting a specific few.
Of course Alt Lit Gossip was discouraged by this ruse. Meta Knight published a piece on Alt Lit Gossip that was promptly removed. The piece stated that Meta Knight’s piece was definitely not going to be published. Alt Lit Gossip understandably might have been somewhat upset for having fallen victim to this literary hoax. However it is hoped by me and others that the rift between Meta Knight and Alt Lit Gossip will be repaired, bridged, and hugged (for good measure).
How does this effect anything going on in alt lit? It shows to some degree how news can ‘go viral’ when a particularly large name (Muumuu House) is thrown in with a smaller, lesser known writer. Overall it shows the extreme level of what a tight-knit community looks like. Judging by Tao Lin’s response, Meta Knight’s behavior, and Alt Lit’s forgiveness, all appears to be well within the alt lit community. And this is a good thing. Perhaps this model can be used for future promotional material. Only time will tell.