Rutland Author Says Hollywood is Catering to the “Lowest Common Denominator”; Family Values Are Lacking These Days

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Jeremy Void, 28, has lived in Vermont five or six years. He lives in Rutland.
 
Mr. Void: “I’m an author, I’ve written a bunch of books, I have a bunch of my books right there on the table. I’m from Boston originally and came up here and had legal troubles. I have issues with drugs right now, I have issues with drugs still but I’m a year and a half sober though right now. I go to meetings. I think there needs to be more stuff for teenagers. More activity, more programs. I think that’s where kids get lost, when they’re teenagers they get kind of fucked, I think they get screwed and there’s not a whole lot to do around here. I know they used to have these punk rock shows at the Union Church once and month but the church raised the fee that it cost to play there so they stopped doing that, and that gave kids something to do around here if they’re into that kind of stuff. I really think there needs to be more stuff for kids. When I came here, when I first got here I was in a hotel and I asked this guy ‘What’s there to do around here?’ he goes ‘Drink. You like to drink?’ I came here and they have a drug problem, so it’s not really the best place for anyone growing up here. All you can do is drink.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think the community is strong, other than the problems you mentioned?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Strong? Not really. It’s really got this Vision thing going on, but I don’t know if it’s really the most helpful thing. Throwing all the users in the clinics and all the dealers in the jail is just going to prolong the problem. It doesn’t stop the problem. It just throws it into another community where they’re just going to do drugs, they’re just going to continue doing it. I don’t know what the solution is, but it’s a huge problem.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you know a lot of people in your neighborhood?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Somewhat. I know a few people here and there.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think Vermonters are supportive of each other’s success?”
 
Jeremy Void: “It depends who you are and what you stand for, I guess. Like there’s certain more upstanding people who people are supportive of them, but there’s, I don’t know the best way to say it, but like a class issue, a divide. Where they’re helpful to certain people but there’s other people who are not very…don’t get the help they need because of how they look or various different variables. So it’s supportive to some people.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think older generations are supportive enough of younger generations?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Not really. I haven’t been around here long enough to really tell for sure, but I don’t think it’s the most supportive around here.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “What’s newsworthy and relevant in your life right now?”
 
Jeremy Void: “The books really, that’s it. I’ve wrote eleven books.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you like living in Vermont?”
 
Jeremy Void: “I do, I do. I was planning on moving back to Boston but I decided to stick around, I like it here.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Are you married?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that there are tensions between old Vermonters and new Vermonters?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yes. Yeah I do. I do believe there is tension, yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Who do you see as leaders in Vermont?”
 
Jeremy Void: “I really know nothing about politics. I don’t really know much about leaders or anything. I know there’s the mayor, I don’t even know his name. I’m friends with his son, but I don’t know his name. I don’t know much about politics, I don’t really know. Sorry I can’t help you with that one.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that elementary school students should be taught to grow food in a hands on environment?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Not really, no. I think that should be an older thing, I don’t think elementary school students would understand the idea of cooking for themselves. That’s just my own experience. I don’t think kids that age will really grasp the idea of taking care of yourself. Certain kids that parents are kind of not in their lives, but you know…”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that high school students who have an interest in it should learn how to make furniture out of Vermont sustainably harvested wood?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yeah, I do.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that Hollywood corrupts the minds of our kids with all the sex and violence and parties that are found in TV?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yes, very much. I write a lot about that kind of stuff, but I don’t watch any movies or TV anymore. I think it’s complete crap. It’s catering to the lowest common denominator and kids are very suggestive, they copy what they see in movies and I just don’t watch it anymore. I used to watch a lot of movies and TV, but I just read and talk now. I like stuff that talks about drugs, but I find that literature is more honest, more realistic. it doesn’t glorify and movies glorify because people want glorification. They want to live this adventure, this romance but it’s not really that way in real life.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that our instincts are as complex as other animals?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No. I like Nietzche and he says that our main desire in life is power. We want power, and animals are kind of like that too. They strive for power. They want to control their pack or some juts want to eat, but food is like power for them I guess. So I think animals are very similar to humans. We’re the same kind, we’re all animals.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that emotions are instincts selected by nature for survival?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yes.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about letting refugees come into the state?”
 
Jeremy Wood: “I think it’s good to let them in. I’m just worried that too many are going to come in and it’s going to be over populated. This is going to sound bad, like in Mexico for example, letting Mexicans in, their government’s falling apart, and if they come in and it gets over populated our government will fall apart. That’s probably just the redneck in me talking, but I think it’s great that Mexicans come into our country, or anyone come into our country and live here, because we are one of the best countries, and why not spread the love?”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you like to see more light rail built in the state?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yes. Yeah, I’m from Boston and there are trains everywhere and it was awesome, but here there’s not a lot of public transportation.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that political correctness is a virtue or a problem?”
 
Jeremy Void: “It’s a problem, a huge problem. I’m so anti-politically correct. It’s a huge problem.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about farm animals raised in cages?”
 
Jeremy Void: “It depends I guess. I don’t think any animal should be caged, but if you’re dealing with, if it’s a liability…I don’t know, I don’t work at a farm so I really shouldn’t have a say about it. I just really don’t think animals should be caged. I think we’re just as much of an animal and if we have the right to live free we shouldn’t abuse other animals. But I don’t live on a farm so I don’t really know how that works.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that schools should teach kids about natural instincts and teach them to follow our typically good instincts?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yes.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support legislation that would make it illegal to charge women more than men for the same goods and services?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yeah, I would support that.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support legislation that would provide all Vermont service veterans with PTSD with a service dog and free dog food for life?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No, I don’t think so, no. I really have no idea, I’ve never thought of it before, so I don’t know.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support a private initiative to build three story apartment buildings, like in Brooklyn or San Francisco in downtown Rutland?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yeah, that might be helpful to have more housing around here. Yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you like to see more stone buildings, the likes of which can be found in the capitol and in Italy?”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yeah, that’s helpful. Yeah, I’d support that.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “What can be done to bring high tech jobs to Vermont? Would you like to see high tech jobs come to Vermont?”
 
Jeremy Void: “It depends, I mean what are you talking about high tech jobs?”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Internet jobs, technology jobs.”
 
Jeremy Void: “Yeah, that way maybe we’d have more jobs for people, but you’d need to be qualified to do it. It depends on what the need is for it, I don’t even know if we need high tech jobs around here. Like Comcast you can just call them over the phone, I don’t think we need them around here. I mean yeah we need more jobs, but I don’t know…”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that Vermont youth are told often enough that having a family and kids could be the most satisfying thing they ever hope to experience?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No, I don’t think they’re really told that enough. I think family values are good to have, but I don’t think there’s a lot of family values in today’s day and age. People lack family values.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think we should be telling youngsters to be on the lookout for a life mate early in life because they may never have a better change to find a life mate?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No. I mean I’m kind of a hopeless romantic, but I feel like there’s always someone out there for everybody, and you just gotta find it. You shouldn’t settle. I don’t think anyone should have to settle with anyone.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support legislation that would decriminalize operating a driverless car while under the influence?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No, I won’t support that, too many drunk driving accidents.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you know who you’re going to vote for for the next Governor of Vermont?”
 
Jeremy Void: “I don’t even know who’s running. I don’t follow politics much.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Who’s your favorite Vermont band?
 
Jeremy Void: “Thurgood Thurston is a really good musician. There’s always a lot of great underground bands, like this one band Middle Son, they’re from around here, they’re friends with them. There’s a lot of underground punk bands, and hardcore bands and metal band around here. I’m getting into this guy, he used to be called Johnny Hobo but now he’s Pat the Bunny, which I’m really getting into and he does a folk-punk-rock and he’s pretty good. I think he’s from around here.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about the promises of synthetic biology which is everything from genetically engineering salmon to grow faster to killing off mosquitoes?”
 
Jeremy Void: “It doesn’t sound like a good idea. I’m sure mosquitoes serve some sort of purpose, I just don’t know what it is, but everything serves it’s purpose so to kill some, it’s like getting rid of all the spiders in the world, other people are bugs. Everything serves it’s purpose so to get rid of something would be detrimental to our society unless we could take what they supply and manufacture it in another way I guess.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you lament that we’ve lost courting rituals or do you think that they’re still alive and healthy?”
 
Jeremy Void: “No, I don’t think there’s a lot of that going on.”