5 Bits Of Internet Lit For All Your IRL Gifting Needs
By: Hilary George-Parkin (@hilarygp)
I know, I know: gift guides are kind of lame. But ‘tis the season, right? Plus, PDF poetry books don’t make the best stocking stuffers and indie publishers deserve your dollars more than the Apple store does.
Bonus points if you accompany them with one of these snazzy cards from Gifpop.
1. "Baby Babe" by Ana Carrete (anacarretecortes)
The cover photo is equal parts unsettling and entrancing, kind of like what’s inside. Case in point, from “so long suckers”:
can you run away when you’re twenty
is it still called running way or is it called
2. "A Million Bears" by Spencer Madsen (spencermadsen)
Probably the only poetry book in the history of poetry books to contain a page with over 300,000 notes on Tumblr. And what higher honor is there?
3. "I Am Ready To Die A Violent Death" by Heiko Julien (heikojulien)
Last year, the e-book version of this funny, fragmented collection had its moment of glory on Reddit, so any #altlit fan on your list has no doubt read it at least once. The print version, however, is supplemented by plenty of images and looks way, way better on a nightstand.
4. "2500 Random Things About Me Too" by Matias Viegener
Inspired by a meme. Composed on Facebook. Written in list form. Everything about this speaks to our Internet-obsessed selves.
5. theNewerYork, Books 0-III
Three lovely little hodgepodge journals of experimental fiction (read: no run-of-the-mill poems and short stories) written by “doctors, bus drivers, Marines, pro-skaters, mothers, students, philosophers, druggies, sluts, artists, computer programmers, psychos and plumber”….and, yes, a few writers.