A story that rather fell through the cracks here on XGW: Zach’s story made the New York Times. In terms of raw information, it adds a little background into the leadup to Zach’s memorable MySpace post:

He was bombarded by phone calls from reporters, he said, as well as by 100 e-mail messages a day from as far as Norway. Zach’s writings, which appeared on his page on www.MySpace.com, were publicized by one of his online acquaintances, E. J. Friedman, a Memphis musician and writer, who read Zach’s May 29 blog entry, “The World Coming to an Abrupt – Stop.”

Mr. Friedman, 35, was disturbed by what he read and fired off an instant message. “I said: ‘You should run away from home. There are people who will help you,’ ” Mr. Friedman recalled. “He said: ‘I can’t do that. I want to have my childhood. If this is what I have to go through to have it, then I will.’ “

In terms of the story itself, it has now acquired national attention in the mainstream media, in addition to blog followers such as Daily Kos and Republic of T.

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