Tweeterature

Advances in technology don’t always signify progress, or at least not the unmitigated progress we are promised: cars may be a significant step up from the horses that they replaced, but bring with them highways, smog and petroleum dependency. Newspapers vanish in the Google News wake. Nobody writes snail-mail letters anymore.

While the Kindle and its clones are all the rage, books in paper with glorious heft and margins to write in continue to be read — at least for now. I cling to the Romantic delusion that there will always be a subculture of Americans who read for the sensual pleasure as well as the conveyed idea. A book is an experience as much as it is an abstract evocation, a conjuring, an occurrence merely in the mind.

We savor its timelessness when we enter its labyrinth. Even now I’m struggling with the ephemeral quality of this blog… writing directly to keyboard instead of with the usual notebook and pen. I dislike the taxi-meter atmosphere that an electric metronome creates.

Nevertheless, Twitter continues its global assault across the parapets of our most sacred insitutions, including literature. All in good fun, of course, so long as the big books, the mighty works, continue to be read and reread…

http://shelf-life.ew.com/2009/12/29/twitterature-classic-tolstoy-twitter/

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2 Responses to “Tweeterature”

  1. pacer Says:

    I recently decided to make 2010 a year of Shakespeare (no more espionage novels) and was delighted to find your blog. I am new to blogging so excuse any missteps. I take it we start our journey with Hamlet.

    • Great! That makes three of us so far that I am aware of through postings. Don’t worry about being new to the blog world. So am I! This is an open-source adventure here.

      I plan to adapt as we go along, so feel free to provide your input if the readings are taking too long or you want more time and what not.

      Thanks for writing! I hope we all will be feeling a bit proud of ourselves at this time next year having spent one full year conquering the greatest plays the world has ever known.

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