SCOTT MCCLANAHAN: SPITTING IN THE FACE OF SHAKESPEARE

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"It’s just a bunch of people who hang out with one another so they don’t get their asses beat. Freaks. (Me too.)" – Scott McClanahan talks dirty about alt lit

POP QUIZ: RICHARD KERN

Richard Kern on hating selfies, and that time he got mistaken for a drug dealer.

STATE OF LIT: TUMBLR OF THE DAY

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After that glowing, floaty feeling wore off, as it will, her tics began to snag and grab hold, all the little things, heightened, as they will. She used the word “essentially” as a verbal filler, for one. Everyone had them. He had his, like “um,” and the other girls had theirs—“like,” for example. One day he told her. And one day it was over, essentially.

It’s 
State of Lit week on Dazed and we’re showcasing our favourite US lit Tumblrs as submitted by you. Today is the turn of Real Estate Novelist who posts short stories accompanying property ads, like the game where you make up a life background for strangers.
Based in the US? Submit your literature Tumblr here – we want to see stories, poems, sentences, words… Don’t forget to add a description and where you are in the USA.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT POETRY?

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Archive activist Kenneth Goldsmith introduces his guest edit for State of Literature Week by telling you why.

TOP 10 AMERICAN WRITERS YOU NEED TO READ THIS YEAR

Our favourite writers on the rise stateside.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY HITS HARLEM

In our third Class of 2014 photo series, Parsons grad Ashley Wu shares her portfolio documenting the community centre she mentors at. See it here

CAPTURING THE INVISIBLE

Sound’, shot by Gregory Harris and styled by Tony Irvine. See the full shoot taken from the Future Shock issue here

Gabriel Marques wears wool coat by Burberry Prorsum; roll neck jumper by Michael Kors. Amanda Wellsh wears wool top by Calvin Klein Collection; necklace from Melet Mercantile.

CAPTURING THE INVISIBLE

'Sound', shot by Gregory Harris and styled by Tony Irvine. See the full shoot taken from the Future Shock issue here

Amanda Wellsh wears asymmetric silk dress by Prada; bra stylist’s own; archive Yves Saint Laurent shoes from Albright; stockings by Falke.