I dare you to best me July 23, 2010 - December 7, 2010
Reading and Deliberating
I am going to let you in on a secret, I am a ridiculously self-absorbed person. There is no point in trying to conceal my ego from the world, that would defeat the purpose. To make one thing clear:
I do not like anybody, I am bitter and resentful and full of myself. I feel like a dying man who has lived a live devoid of satisfaction, I'm sick of everyone and everything I've ever seen. So grant a dying man (not really dying, just mentally) his final wish, and show him something worth living for. Restore my faith in humanity if you will. I'm going to be blunt, I think there are a lot of bad writers online, specifically on this website. Now there will be those among you who argue that the quality of the work is not in its poetic beauty, but in the feeling and emotion that was put into it. I beg to differ. It is my belief that poetry, indeed any writing, should not only come "from the heart" as it were, but should have elements of literature important to readability, voice, flow, rhythm, etc.
I think there has been a departure from the days when being a writer meant spending time on a piece; spending more than a half a second per line (yes, some of the best poems in the world are short, but I know kids who who pop these things out like babies) spending time revising and reviewing, and time to seek opinions, read out loud, share with critics, etc. These are all things that I espouse to do with everything I create, and I think it's a skill that many young writers need to obtain. I'm sorry that I'm being such a jerk, but honestly I know you can do better, all of you. And I know there are others out there like me who will read this and think, "what a f*****g jerk! I'm going to show his a*s up!". That is exactly what I want! I want you to hate me! I want you to revile me! And I want you to channel your frustrations into beautiful literature.
I dare you.
If you think you are way better than this then you should enter.
(via USPS) A personal letter of gratitude, a pack of Camel filters to be smoked while writing, and a deep respect and admiration.
I f*****g love you, you are great
Created Jul 23, 2010