What is your favorite line from your piece featured in The Ginger Collect?
It was not a typical hoarder’s den. He kept his things very clean and organized: a place for everything and everything in its place: bookshelves filled with DVDs and video game cartridges; curio cabinets stuffed with toys and model cars; narrow wall shelves just deep enough for a single action figure to stand, an oversized bathtub lined with rubber duckies, a closet sized arsenal of both real and toy weapons; no dust, not much light, and cold. Walking into his house was almost magical.
Who is your most beloved author?
I don’t know if I’d use the word “beloved” but my favorite and most influential author is David Foster Wallace.
Do you have a favorite quote from this author?
“Popular Culture is the symbolic representation of what people already believe in.”
What inspired your piece?
I was playing a video game where a minor character had created a massive museum in the basement of his house, and round the same time I read something about how Physical Media itself was going out of style. I also wanted to incorporate and explain some of my bizarre beliefs on inanimate objects. “Uncle Melvin’s Museum of Physical Media” is the ultimate result.
You can read Zach Smith’s piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: Uncle Melvin’s Museum of Physical Media.