literary twitter feeds good and bad

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milton paradise lost books 1-12 (this is 12 feeds; following them all has a notably calming effect on me feed and hence me)
melville moby-dick: not a bad sentence in this book, often every funny, i am rereading as a consequence
joyce ulysses: funny wise and often pertinent comment on the day's events
joyce finnegans wake: much the best way to encounter this book, which is basically a vast compendium of literary-linguistic micro-gags and puns and NOT MUCH MORE
jean rhys: my kind of person

benjamin arcade project: i unfollowed this bcz it overstressed his tendency toward grand spiteful claims abt those twerps over there of which i am not one, and entirely cut away his detailed and sympathetic explorations of the tastes and foibles of unsympathetic ppl and types and classes… (WB's best fragments are paragraph length not sentence length)

mark s, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:37 (four years ago) link

i love every jean rhys tweet i see, and i see a lot!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:39 (four years ago) link

i also followed the william empson till his estate asked it be shut down: it was so-so really, mainly funny for his visceral loathing of derrida

(which is comical bcz i <3 empson for some of the same reasons i <3 derrida)

ps the i in "of which i am not one"in the OP = benjamin not me

mark s, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:48 (four years ago) link

i like the malcolm lowry one, though possibly cos the guy who runs it seems like a nice person.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:54 (four years ago) link

'novels in three lines' felt surprisingly neutered

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:51 (four years ago) link

oh, i knew there was another one

pepys' diary is A1

mark s, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:53 (four years ago) link

joyce finnegans wake: much the best way to encounter this book, which is basically a vast compendium of literary-linguistic micro-gags and puns and NOT MUCH MORE

Completely and utterly disagree with this. I follow it b/c it gives me some amusing little bits every now and again, and I do think that the Wake doesn't necessarily need to be read front-to-back cover-to-cover to get something out of it, HOWEVER, I actually find the twitter feed pretty underwhelming. You miss out on being submerged in the prose, you miss out on the beautiful typographic setting (and much of the time that means you miss out on another layer of meaning b/c Joyce uses carmina figurata), you miss out on any sense of HCE or ALP, you miss the encompassing dreamscape, you miss the thematic connections between the linguistic plays in sections, you miss out on fucking *loads*.

emil.y, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:34 (four years ago) link

Marcel Proust ftw.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:47 (four years ago) link

Although the actual Proust is easily in my top ten 20th Century authors who would have been awful on Twitter.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:49 (four years ago) link

yes i'm being a bit challopsy there -- but i'd been trying to read FW "properly" since i wz a pretentious teen and not really feeling it, and really did start to enjoy it more via the twitterfeed

(beyond the DO-YOU-SEE mythological elements, i'm not persuaded the HCE/ALP stuff is actually that interesting? i've definitely never read anyone writing anything attention-catching about it, once they got past weightily noting that it's there…)

mark s, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:53 (four years ago) link

I'm pretty sure I have read some good pieces on them when I was doing Joyce at university but I'm really straining to think what they were - my own specialism was on the typographical elements b/c everyone says it's a very auditory book so I wanted to return to it as a written artefact. Though doing a whiskey tasting surrounded by Dubliners reading from the text during Bloomsday has definitely made me appreciate the phonics more. Also moving around the geography of 'Howth Castle & Environs' kind of helps give you a sense of them existing as the land. Obviously you shouldn't *have* to visit somewhere to understand a text, and I don't think you do in this case, but it helped me to move it out of theoretical analysis and into lived and shared experience.

emil.y, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:11 (four years ago) link

yr humble author's contribution:

(also a huge fan of howl tweeter)

Salma Hayek's racist predatory lesbian taco (s.clover), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:13 (four years ago) link

i've said it before and i'll say it again

literary and experimental twitter is the only good thing twitter does

for everything else there are better solutions/avenues

this was fun while it lasted:

it moved elsewhere, though. more info:

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:52 (four years ago) link

twitter does many good things and many bad. it would be easy to spend time in one part of it and assume the rest was bad if it didn't meet your interests.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:50 (four years ago) link

how diplomatic

unlike twitter

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:53 (four years ago) link

Did it here (not exactly easy to search)

"Lit -Twitter"

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:29 (four years ago) link

In addition to what I posted before:

- I'd forgotten the Empson account - my bio on twitter is a quote from that. There was this bitchyness around Oxford poets and Auden that was funny. Shame but the person who ran it kept repeating a lot of tweets so idk wasn't fussed when that stopped.
- The Proust account is a good re-working - gets to an essence of his long sentences to tweet level. The person who runs it clearly works at it. Rhys also v good.
- JH Prynne is bets of the recent poetry batch except there isn't much lately. Re-tweeted a couple of things just recently to hopefully wake whoever up.

Mark I see what you mean around Arcades Porject but like the Finnegans Wake I haven't read it so in the sense that you can find something of the flavour in it - could be the wrong take so...Both accounts are so so - ignore for days then something amazing pops up. The habit of getting the initial quote of a passage in the Arcades and then a whole excerpt does annoy over time. Certainly feel like I'll get around FW as a book, whereas before it felt either forbidding or so much quackery.


Accounts on Musil, Celine and Platonov.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:44 (four years ago) link

celine as twitter troll would be a tonne of fun

but it would probably be taken down super fast once he gets to the racist remarks

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:46 (four years ago) link

I need to learn new words so #vGdTick

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 September 2016 18:34 (four years ago) link

joyce finnegans wake: much the best way to encounter this book, which is basically a vast compendium of literary-literary-linguistic micro-gags and puns and NOT MUCH MORE

― mark s, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:37 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol i been following this one for a while and its utterly indistinguishable from a lot of the bots i follow, joyce was the original bot my phd thesis

lag∞n, Friday, 2 September 2016 18:45 (four years ago) link


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 10 September 2016 15:36 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

came back to reiterate how great the 12 multi-milton feeds are, they sometimes get in weirdly appropriate synch with one another and the world

(milton often wrote good lines who knew ect ect)

mark s, Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:59 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

because I am a stone cold bitch

— S. E. Hinton (@se4realhinton) January 24, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 21:21 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

@DailyYeats for alternating snippets of his poems viz

From dream to dream and rhyme to rhyme I have ranged / In rambling talk with an image of air: / Vague memories, nothing but memories.

— W. B. Yeats (@DailyYeats) December 30, 2018


The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;

— W. B. Yeats (@DailyYeats) December 30, 2018

with such important commentary as:

The Weirdest Pizza Toppings Ever -

— W. B. Yeats (@DailyYeats) December 30, 2018


Films You Wish Disney Would Make -

— W. B. Yeats (@DailyYeats) December 30, 2018

mark s, Monday, 31 December 2018 12:07 (one year ago) link

two months pass...


There is a Garda speed check car going around Sligo.

— W. B. Yeats (@DailyYeats) March 5, 2019

mark s, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:51 (one year ago) link

pepys on pen (every time): FUCK THIS GUY

To the office, where all the morning sitting and did discover three or four fresh instances of Sir W. Pen’s old cheating dissembling tricks, he being as false a fellow as ever was born.

— Samuel Pepys (@samuelpepys) March 8, 2019

mark s, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:27 (one year ago) link

Tasty, and also I would rather receive tweets about pizza toppings and the speed check car than solemn vapid versification of those Dec. 30 offerings.

dow, Saturday, 9 March 2019 02:46 (one year ago) link

Oops they're all four Dec. 30!

dow, Saturday, 9 March 2019 02:47 (one year ago) link

Well WB knew Dec.30 was end of the bolt/time for a change.

dow, Saturday, 9 March 2019 02:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Kinda like this one, even though it hasn't taken off:

xyzzzz__, Friday, 7 June 2019 20:06 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Not that she objected to solitude. Quite the contrary. She had books, thank Heaven, quantities of books. All sorts of books.

— Jean Rhys (@MsJeanRhys) March 18, 2020

felt jute gyte delete later (wins), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:28 (six months ago) link

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