pictrue of me for the new york times style magazine :) read the article here
Poetry’s back and it’s better than EVER
Alt lit is legit. If the New York Times says so it is time to listen. Perk up the ears. Clean out the eyes. It is time for alt lit to take its lawfully wedded place in the sun. A few alt lit writers have been in the New York Times (Tao Lin, Blake Butler) but I don’t really know those guys that well. Steve Roggenbuck on the other hand, I know that bro. I know that bro really well.
Long ago, many blog years ago (or months in human years) Steve spent time down on my beet farm in the Deep South. Every morning he read poetry to my family to motivate them. After the reading he toiled in the beet fields for 15 hours until he was beat. As he picked the beets he simultaneously kept up with all social media. It was a real site to see. He works connecting with others. I’m a mere supporter of the internet. Steven Roggenbuck gets down with the funky internet town.
Real life heard Steve’s poetry. They got stuck in people’s minds. Indeed when I have a bad day I say to myself ‘Can’t I just live my life?’ Sometimes society intrudes on what makes us happy. Who can say whether or not spending nearly every waking moment on the internet is healthy or unhealthy? If being on the internet all day makes you sick, then grab me a Sprite and a bowl of Chicken soup because I’m sick. I have no plans to get better either. Keep me here close to your internet. Embed me in the love of your internet.
Steve Roggenbuck has done it. See him in his natural habit in the Wi-Fi forest. Many refer to the Wi-Fi forest as ‘Central Park’. Manhattan dwellers generally cannot go without internet access for periods greater than 4 to 5 whole minutes. Thus the entire Central Park forest is full of Wi-Fi hotspots.
The New York Times endorses Steve. Heck they believe in him, follow him on Twitter, Tumblr, and friended him on Facebook before he had too many friends. By now people know Roggenbuck’s voice better than their own. Good and bad result from this outcome. People need a starting point to come to the internet, to be introduced into alt lit. If the person who brings people to alt lit is Steve Roggenbuck a straightedge vegan Pikachu then I could think of worse things.
I am beyond excited about the now IRL coverage of Steve’s brand. Alt lit roots for Steve like he does for alt lit. The circle of boost continues.