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Lit Blog High.

September 18, 2010 \am\30 6:44 am

The best-worst thing about high school social life is factions. It’s how kids stay afloat, right? Flying flags to attract kin for safety and survival. Which is not unlike being in prison or online.

Maybe if we were all back in high school (perish the thought), the group lit blogs I heart and eat on the daily would be something like:

  • HTMLGIANT
    The Cool Kids, lunch time sitting at the cool table throwing ranch-dressing-covered fries at the uncool kids, i.e. everyone else.
  • Montevidayo
    The Art Freaks, lugging around huge canvases and hanging out in the art room after school.
  • ‘OTHER’ Magazine
    The Outcasts, alienated dopers, their teachers think they’re really smart, if only they’d participate in class more often.
  • The Rumpus (I guess not technically a ‘group lit blog’ but I felt like including it)
    The Nerds, presidents of the English club and all in honors classes. They ‘get’ Shakespeare and whatnot.
  • Third Face
    The Jocks, always bullying the lesser lifeforms into handing over their chocolate milk.
  • We Who Are About To Die
    The Rockers, wearing flannel shirts and doodling band names on the covers of our three-ring binders.

Did I at least approximate our collective aesthetics? Or am I still completely socially inept? Ah, nothing’s changed since high school, then.

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14 Comments
  1. Adam Robinson permalink
    September 18, 2010 \am\30 11:44 am 11:44 am

    I don’t understand why contributors to htmlgiant are characterized this way. A lot of people have commented to me that they expect us to be jerks. The ones I’ve met, over half I guess, are extraordinarily kind. And what’s more, the majority of posts there are kind and supportive. Oh well, if the bad rep makes me rich I’m happy for it.

    • September 18, 2010 \am\30 11:53 am 11:53 am

      There’s a difference between in-person and on the page/screen, no?

    • September 18, 2010 \pm\30 1:38 pm 1:38 pm

      aw adam, don’t be sore with me, just poking a little fun. i like a lot of the work put out by people there and don’t think you’re jerks, for the record (you included). blake has directly introduced me to a lot of amazing writing and i am so thankful i found his blog back when i did. probably he doesn’t know that.

      what’s interesting is the group dynamic is different from the individual one right? like if i floated over to your table at lunch time, i’m pretty sure you’d share your cocktail fruit, but someone else might be like, ‘go back to your own table, satan worshipper!’ or something. ah, memories.

  2. September 18, 2010 \pm\30 10:16 pm 10:16 pm

    i enjoyed this, ani. i feel like i should prank call someone to celebrate!

  3. September 19, 2010 \pm\30 12:39 pm 12:39 pm

    No Big Other? Does that mean I’m cliqueless?

    • September 19, 2010 \pm\30 4:00 pm 4:00 pm

      Wanna be prom queen?

    • September 20, 2010 \pm\30 1:44 pm 1:44 pm

      didn’t mean to leave you out, sorry tim — i blame it on all that dope smoking behind the portables between classes.

  4. September 20, 2010 \am\30 10:27 am 10:27 am

    I’ve never been prouder to be part of the burnout lit gang. Nice post.

  5. Walker permalink
    September 20, 2010 \pm\30 12:27 pm 12:27 pm

    “the majority of posts there are kind and supportive. ”

    The majority of posts there are self-promotions and promotions of friends, publishers, classmates etc. etc. Hey–didn’t Robinson self-publish his own book with his own face on the cover–and he’s worried about this?

    • September 20, 2010 \pm\30 12:30 pm 12:30 pm

      No. He didn’t self-publish. It was published by Narrow House.

      • jereme permalink
        September 26, 2010 \am\30 9:48 am 9:48 am

        okay, so he published it at some friend’s publishing house & ommited an N from his name.

        fooled me!

  6. jereme permalink
    September 26, 2010 \am\30 10:01 am 10:01 am

    oh man. am i the only person who thinks it is funny that adam robinson was the first person to whine about this post?

    dude has only commented on htmlg like 12 times in the past 2 years but here… man he’s on that shit.

    really i am the only “mean” one at third face. Imagine me as OGRE from revenge of the nerds.

    also, i think you are wrong in your assessment of WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE. you guys are more like napoleon dynamite and pedro.

    plus i think you guys really should change your lit blog name to WE THE PATHETIC WHO ARE ABOUT TO SPEND 30 YEARS IN A SMALL ROOM NOT ENJOYING LIFE.

    or go with brevity and call it “WRITERS”.

    hi ani!

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