Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How about some self-aggrandizement and name-dropping? Cool, then please do check out our new interview at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog.

Many thanks to Lori Hettler and TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog for their interview with TBWCYL, Inc. spokesperson Ben Tanzer. This is the same outfit that recently had some quite kind words for Repetition Patterns and we are happy to say that they are now our best friends in the whole world. We are also happy to say that when Ben isn't reflecting on his faux-awesomeness much name-dropping ensues, so please feel free to take a look and if you need a little teaser please feel free to take a look at the excerpt below.

How would you describe your online blog and 'zine?

"They are related and yet not. The blog was created because I thought I needed a platform for hustling my books and I wanted to create a vibe like the monorail episode of The Simpsons. In that episode which is based on the Music Man this guy convinces the citizens Springfield that they need a monorail because it will not just make their lives better it will make the whole world a beautiful place. Of course they don't need one and it won't make their lives better. Building on this I decided to create a blog that would be like a faux corporate blog where my books were products that changed people's lives, sometimes for the better.

I also thought though that I should use the blog to brand myself, thinking that some people might be drawn to how I see the world and what I like to riff on and this might make them more drawn to the things I am working on. So, I endlessly hype myself, but I also hype all the things I like and celebrate which in my fantasy world becomes intertwined into this brand. As I created this platform, I also thought though why just hype what I like, this has to be fun as possible for me as well, so why not use it to pursue other interests that further build the brand, but also support those I want to support.

The zine then grows out of this desire. It represents things I feel compulsive about, writers, street art, music; it supports or exposes the work we highlight to a wider audience and it extends my brand, and my completely fake goal of presenting that which I like most, including myself, as a lifestyle choice a la, Martha Stewart, Oprah or Tony Hawk."


TNBBC Super Mod said...

You are MOST CERTAINLY my newest bestest friend in the whole wide world!

Thanks so much for taking the time for that interview Ben, and of course, for name dropping :)

Pete said...

So I'm either a unicorn or a gnome. Thanks so much.

Ben Tanzer said...

TNBCC you are most welcome, and Pete you are most unicorn. Or is it gnome?

Pete said...

I'll take gnome. Those pointy red hats are quite stylish.