Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division, and a collection of essays entitled, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar.
In the Paris Review recently, Laymon spoke about young people "who are creating incredible sentences and paragraphs" in their writing shared widely through social media:
I also want to say that there are some people, especially some younger people, who are creating some incredible paragraphs and sentences and a lot of it is being shared through social media. I think people are really creating incredible stuff now–a lot of people who have been taken for granted by the American literary enterprise. But these people are still creating dope sentences–whether it’s in the form of a tweet or Tumblr, whether it’s in the form of fan fiction, or essays–people are creating incredible stuff right now. And that’s one of the best things about the Internet, you don’t have to wait for somebody to give you some magazine article or a book, you can find great writing about everything in the country.
Check out the whole interview here. And mark your calendars for Thursday evening!