Is Alt Lit Official II? (ALT LIT HARDER)


                Alt Lit is making a second bid on the hallowed grounds of Wikipedia. Many remember the last time that Alt Lit made it onto Wikipedia. Back then things were much different. Things were dramatically different those many months ago. Back then there was considerably less anti Alt Lit feeling. Sure a few people disliked Alt Lit. Original enemies of Alt Lit are better known as ‘Hipsters’ since they hated Alt Lit before it was cool. Divisions continue within the Alt Lit and anti Alt Lit camps. Honestly Beach Sloth loves everyone. Beach Sloth hopes those who like and those who dislike Alt Lit can simply hold hands and smile on their brother (or sister). So much anger exists in the world. Art should be one of those ‘great escapes’ where pettiness should be at a minimum. At least that’s a hope. Beach Sloth hopes for friendship. Without friendship Beach Sloth is nothing. 

                This incarnation of Alternative Literature (as it is ingloriously called on Wikipedia) starts off on the defensive. It states what Alt Lit ‘isn’t’. Currently no agreed-upon definition exists of Alt Lit. Usually defining a movement doesn’t happen until after the movement has passed. The inability to define Alt Lit is thus a positive thing. Really there shouldn’t be an easy explanation. Any art movement will become readily clear only far after the fact. Obviously Alt Lit is barely grown, a mere child around the adults of the art world. More time is needed. Of course since Alt Lit is an internet-based form of art it works at a weird hyper-speed. 

                Multiple branches exist within Alt Lit. Videos, macros, poetry, short stories, even a smattering of novels, they come together into a fluent whole. They have begun. They are not done. Rules are basically non-existent in Alt Lit. Essentially there are no fucking rules in the kingdom of Alt Lit. Is there even a king or ruler within the Alt Lit category? Several generations of writers have already passed through, growing stronger and strong with each cycle. Some of these writers have been doing ‘Alt Lit’ before the term even emerged from the internet’s vast cloud of text, noise, and pictures. Various degrees of involvement exist within Alt Lit. 

                Writers are the most ‘consistent’ component. Videos count as writing. Members of Alt Lit can remain focused only on Twitter. Tweets can be Alt Lit. No one simply states ‘I am Alt Lit’ and expects it to stick. Rather a certain degree of work is generally required. Macros, articles, there are ways of reaching the general population. Macros in particular have a certain level of ‘MEME-ability’. Out of all the traits of Alt Lit is a certain ability to transform art into a MEME. Without this ability to be funny, to provoke or just be totally weird, Alt Lit may not have the attraction it currently has. 

                Aspects of the Wikipedia article deal with this reality. Yes internet presence is a near given for Alt Lit. Several members of Alt Lit take a more ‘removed’ approach from the internet, doing it irregularly, through books, writing IRL or reading tours. Online readings are a thing for many Alt Lit writers. Aspects of the Wikipedia article are misleading such as the coolness of ‘smoking’ since many members of Alt Lit are not smokers. The other aspect is drug use. Like any subculture there is going to be a use of drugs. Beach Sloth does not use drugs. In fact there is a large portion of Alt Lit which promotes the ‘straight-edge’ lifestyle involving no drink or drugs whatsoever. Hence it is a rather inclusive group. Really there are no specific limitations. Anyone can feel comfortable within Alt Lit. No specific behavior or interest is required for Alt Lit other than a love for language and a desire to change it for the better. 

                Controversy is inevitable for Alt Lit. That’s part of any new movement. Of course not everyone will love it. Josh Baines hates ‘the fuck’ out of Alt Lit. Poor Josh Baines, it is his loss. However his loss is the gain of the community. Due to Josh Baines Alt Lit received more attention than it ever had before. Creators of the ‘Thank You Josh Baines’ Facebook page mean it. Thanks to him there’s been a greater interest, a resurgence of popularity and new writers within the community. Multiple writers are listed within the Wikipedia page. No list could ever properly do justice to a movement that’s greatly expanding day by day. 

Alt Lit consists of those in school, those working full time, parents, literally everyone who is interested. With this renewed, revamped, and redone Wikipedia page Alt Lit is rising up once again, the next renaissance of Alt Lit.  

Is Alt Lit Official II? (ALT LIT HARDER)

                Alt Lit is making a second bid on the hallowed grounds of Wikipedia. Many remember the last time that Alt Lit made it onto Wikipedia. Back then things were much different. Things were dramatically different those many months ago. Back then there was considerably less anti Alt Lit feeling. Sure a few people disliked Alt Lit. Original enemies of Alt Lit are better known as ‘Hipsters’ since they hated Alt Lit before it was cool. Divisions continue within the Alt Lit and anti Alt Lit camps. Honestly Beach Sloth loves everyone. Beach Sloth hopes those who like and those who dislike Alt Lit can simply hold hands and smile on their brother (or sister). So much anger exists in the world. Art should be one of those ‘great escapes’ where pettiness should be at a minimum. At least that’s a hope. Beach Sloth hopes for friendship. Without friendship Beach Sloth is nothing. 

                This incarnation of Alternative Literature (as it is ingloriously called on Wikipedia) starts off on the defensive. It states what Alt Lit ‘isn’t’. Currently no agreed-upon definition exists of Alt Lit. Usually defining a movement doesn’t happen until after the movement has passed. The inability to define Alt Lit is thus a positive thing. Really there shouldn’t be an easy explanation. Any art movement will become readily clear only far after the fact. Obviously Alt Lit is barely grown, a mere child around the adults of the art world. More time is needed. Of course since Alt Lit is an internet-based form of art it works at a weird hyper-speed. 

                Multiple branches exist within Alt Lit. Videos, macros, poetry, short stories, even a smattering of novels, they come together into a fluent whole. They have begun. They are not done. Rules are basically non-existent in Alt Lit. Essentially there are no fucking rules in the kingdom of Alt Lit. Is there even a king or ruler within the Alt Lit category? Several generations of writers have already passed through, growing stronger and strong with each cycle. Some of these writers have been doing ‘Alt Lit’ before the term even emerged from the internet’s vast cloud of text, noise, and pictures. Various degrees of involvement exist within Alt Lit. 

                Writers are the most ‘consistent’ component. Videos count as writing. Members of Alt Lit can remain focused only on Twitter. Tweets can be Alt Lit. No one simply states ‘I am Alt Lit’ and expects it to stick. Rather a certain degree of work is generally required. Macros, articles, there are ways of reaching the general population. Macros in particular have a certain level of ‘MEME-ability’. Out of all the traits of Alt Lit is a certain ability to transform art into a MEME. Without this ability to be funny, to provoke or just be totally weird, Alt Lit may not have the attraction it currently has. 

                Aspects of the Wikipedia article deal with this reality. Yes internet presence is a near given for Alt Lit. Several members of Alt Lit take a more ‘removed’ approach from the internet, doing it irregularly, through books, writing IRL or reading tours. Online readings are a thing for many Alt Lit writers. Aspects of the Wikipedia article are misleading such as the coolness of ‘smoking’ since many members of Alt Lit are not smokers. The other aspect is drug use. Like any subculture there is going to be a use of drugs. Beach Sloth does not use drugs. In fact there is a large portion of Alt Lit which promotes the ‘straight-edge’ lifestyle involving no drink or drugs whatsoever. Hence it is a rather inclusive group. Really there are no specific limitations. Anyone can feel comfortable within Alt Lit. No specific behavior or interest is required for Alt Lit other than a love for language and a desire to change it for the better. 

                Controversy is inevitable for Alt Lit. That’s part of any new movement. Of course not everyone will love it. Josh Baines hates ‘the fuck’ out of Alt Lit. Poor Josh Baines, it is his loss. However his loss is the gain of the community. Due to Josh Baines Alt Lit received more attention than it ever had before. Creators of the ‘Thank You Josh Baines’ Facebook page mean it. Thanks to him there’s been a greater interest, a resurgence of popularity and new writers within the community. Multiple writers are listed within the Wikipedia page. No list could ever properly do justice to a movement that’s greatly expanding day by day. 

Alt Lit consists of those in school, those working full time, parents, literally everyone who is interested. With this renewed, revamped, and redone Wikipedia page Alt Lit is rising up once again, the next renaissance of Alt Lit.  

Adam Humphreys: Now on Wikipedia!



                Adam Humphreys has made it. Wikipedia is the big time. Once a person ends up on Wikipedia there’s no limit of fame and popularity to be showered upon them. Yes millions of people spend their whole lives working endlessly trying to get themselves a piece of that sweet, scrumptious Wikipedia pie. Mr. Humphreys has tasted the forbidden fruits of online microfame and found them good. 

                From lowly origins as a guy who planted trees in the Canadian bumblefuck Adam Humphreys has made quite a name for himself making a name for others. His two movies ‘Franz Otto Ultimate Highballer’ and ‘Shitty Youth’ have captivated youths across the world, from New Zealand to the United States. His films celebrate the oddball, the weird, those that fail to fit into a comfortable niche is what is commonly referred to as ‘civilization’. Indeed it is highly rumored that for his excellent work on the strange film ‘Shitty Youth’ Adam Humphreys is in the running for a highly sought-out ‘Beachie’ award for ‘Best Depiction of a Zachary German’. 

                How will Adam Humphreys use this newly discovered fame? Thanks to the Wikipedia page he some serious stuff to put on his resume besides ‘plants mad trees’ and ‘started a business out of a van’. Both of those, while highly sought after in respectable professions, lack the sort of clout a Wikipedia page brings. In fact, if Mr. Humphreys was not already married, he could easily use his Wikipedia page as a ‘getting laid’ device. Countless Wikipedia-famous citizens have used their pages in the past to obtain meaningful sexual favors. People are always looking for new pickup lines anyway. What better pickup line than ‘Hey baby how would you like to check out my Wikipedia page?’ could there possibly be?

                This page shows Mr. Humphreys as a successful entrepreneur and filmmaker. It leaves out some of his greatest accomplishments such as his astronomically high twitter following or his ability to make shorter blurbier things for such accomplished writers as Erik Stinson, bitchass motherfucker extraordinaire and some other people who aren’t bitchass motherfuckers. Honestly it brings a tear or several tears to the eye. In rare cases it is has brought people to cry uncontrollably uncertain as to why they haven’t been put on the Wikipedia map yet. Currently several literary movements have tried to make their way onto the esteemed Wikipedia website with limited success. 

                Seeing Adam Humphreys should gave all people hope: that if one puts out a good product consistently and over a prolonged period of time they too can end up on one of the web’s most respected websites.

Adam Humphreys: Now on Wikipedia!

                Adam Humphreys has made it. Wikipedia is the big time. Once a person ends up on Wikipedia there’s no limit of fame and popularity to be showered upon them. Yes millions of people spend their whole lives working endlessly trying to get themselves a piece of that sweet, scrumptious Wikipedia pie. Mr. Humphreys has tasted the forbidden fruits of online microfame and found them good. 

                From lowly origins as a guy who planted trees in the Canadian bumblefuck Adam Humphreys has made quite a name for himself making a name for others. His two movies ‘Franz Otto Ultimate Highballer’ and ‘Shitty Youth’ have captivated youths across the world, from New Zealand to the United States. His films celebrate the oddball, the weird, those that fail to fit into a comfortable niche is what is commonly referred to as ‘civilization’. Indeed it is highly rumored that for his excellent work on the strange film ‘Shitty Youth’ Adam Humphreys is in the running for a highly sought-out ‘Beachie’ award for ‘Best Depiction of a Zachary German’. 

                How will Adam Humphreys use this newly discovered fame? Thanks to the Wikipedia page he some serious stuff to put on his resume besides ‘plants mad trees’ and ‘started a business out of a van’. Both of those, while highly sought after in respectable professions, lack the sort of clout a Wikipedia page brings. In fact, if Mr. Humphreys was not already married, he could easily use his Wikipedia page as a ‘getting laid’ device. Countless Wikipedia-famous citizens have used their pages in the past to obtain meaningful sexual favors. People are always looking for new pickup lines anyway. What better pickup line than ‘Hey baby how would you like to check out my Wikipedia page?’ could there possibly be?

                This page shows Mr. Humphreys as a successful entrepreneur and filmmaker. It leaves out some of his greatest accomplishments such as his astronomically high twitter following or his ability to make shorter blurbier things for such accomplished writers as Erik Stinson, bitchass motherfucker extraordinaire and some other people who aren’t bitchass motherfuckers. Honestly it brings a tear or several tears to the eye. In rare cases it is has brought people to cry uncontrollably uncertain as to why they haven’t been put on the Wikipedia map yet. Currently several literary movements have tried to make their way onto the esteemed Wikipedia website with limited success. 

                Seeing Adam Humphreys should gave all people hope: that if one puts out a good product consistently and over a prolonged period of time they too can end up on one of the web’s most respected websites.