Zachary German, The Void Of New Literary Microcelebrity, an Interview with Adam Humphreys

Shitty Youth (2012) from adam humphreys on Vimeo.

[Transcript of Erik Stinson’s (ES) interview for DIS Magazine with Adam Humphreys (AH) in Erik’s Bushwick Brooklyn basement apartment re: the new film Shitty Youth (dir. Adam) and the film’s subject, Zachary German (ZG).]

ES: I want to talk about ZG and then I want to talk about how you built him up.

AH: I didn’t build him up. He built himself.

ES: How did you first hear about ZG?

AH: I read Bear Parade [an online lit journal published by Tao Lin].

[...] [Discussion of Bear Parade, who was else was published, their work.]

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Oversaid: The Most Informative and Critical Blog Post on Professional Linguistics of 2012

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The Next Level’s Debt: Character Skins In The Game

Credit cards are not a battle between good and evil, but a battle between the future and reality. Recently, the debt landscape in the United States has quantum shifted in the direction of reality, away from the virtual. In 2008, regular Americans began paying off their credit cards. In a recession, debt becomes more expensive – not necessarily in terms of credit card interest rates – but more in terms of the value of cash… [read more »]