In late 1996, fellow demoscener and writer maeve wolf mailed me about 20 lits (lits = shorthand for writings), which were from a collection calling itself TANJ - There Ain't No Justice. To say I've been impressed is an understatement. High quality lit, in high volume. I recommend that everyone who likes reading good prose and poetry download the TANJ lits... all 130+ of them, from the ftp site listed further down.
But overall it was a series of lits called Going Crazy in the Suburbs which impressed me the most. Reading these lits feels like getting an uncut view of the author's life and mindset in the situations he describes. I was drawn further into the writing because I know the music, move in a similar subculture.
GCITS struck a chord with me. Something about the way he views life and the way he writes. I guess it suited my mood at the time I was reading them :)
On top of this there is the amazingly open narrative; like he's not interested in holding back the facts of what happened and how he felt. All the while he is writing to a friend; but you don't find out much about her (my curiosity drives me up the wall :)).
I love these lits and have re-read them all many times. They are some of the most striking lits I've came across in my 'net travels. I know that putting them online here won't achieve much, but it will at least show this site's visitors how much I liked them.
So anyway... Hopefully these lits will give you as much enjoyment as they have already given me.
Justin, wherever you are, this page is for you... Thank you.
Going Crazy in the Suburbs
GCITS # 1
GCITS is only one part of the TANJ experience; it just happened to touch me in a particular way at a particular time, hence this page. I do recommend that you have a look at the rest. It will provide thought-provoking reading, at the very least.
TANJ on Tal Meta's homepage.
FTP at ftp.etext.org