Brett Leveridge was born at the Route 66
Lanes bowling alley in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, between the 7th and
8th frames of his mother's third perfect game in a four day stretch. He
saw very little of his father, a traveling Druid evangelist, during his
childhood; as a result, he grew up rough and he grew up wild and when he
was only fifteen, he shot a man in El Reno just to watch him die.
| Photograph: Annie
Barely evading the heat, the fuzz, the coppers, Johnny Law, the
gendarmes, he hotfooted it to New York City. It was in a Bowery
mission, while awaiting a bowl of potato soup and some banana pudding,
that he received his calling. He had a vision of a 70-foot tall zine and
on the masthead of that zine, it read, "BRETTnews."
First published in the summer of 1991, Leveridge's journal of "pithy
fluff" has garnered quite a following in the U.S. and around the world.
The print edition is available by subscription and read avidly by folks
from coast to coast.
Since premiering on the World Wide Web in October of 1994, BRETTnews
has gone on to accrue honors and glowing notices across the Web and in
the national press. A few weeks after going public, BRETTnews was
selected Cool Site of the Day, by the man behind that very
popular site, Glenn Davis. BRETTnews was named one of
the "Top 100 sites on the Web" by Web100.com. Leveridge was profiled in the cover
story of the spring issue of Virtual City, penned by Jesse
Kornbluth, and that publication named BRETTnews a "CyberStar '96"
award winner as the "Top Web Zine of 1996." In November of '94,
Leveridge was selected as Time Inc.'s inaugural "Vibe Magazine
The mainstream press has also taken note of BRETTnews. Publications
such as New York magazine, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, .net
magazine, Long Island Newsday, The New York Daily News,
Virtual City magazine, NetGuide magazine, The Boston
Globe, Time Out New York magazine, New York Press,
The Joe Bob Briggs Report, The Web magazine, The
Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, The San Diego Union-Tribune,
and Psychotronic magazine have praised BRETTnews in both its
print and Web incarnations.
Leveridge's work has been seen in various print and online
publications as well. His "Men My Mother Dated" was a featured column in
the dear, departed Might magazine for nearly two years, and he
has also written for Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Virtual City,
The Oklahoma Gazette, Egg, Salon, Urban Desires, Tripod, and City
Search New York.
Leveridge is also an occasional contributor to the popular syndicated radio program This American Life and National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has also been
featured on NPR's Weekly Edition.
Leveridge lives in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, where he spends
most of his time alone with his memories. His critically acclaimed book, Men My
Mother Dated (and Other Mostly True Tales), published in the
spring of 2000 by Villard Books, was a finalist for the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor.