LITERATURE

Posted by @ 6:39 pm on July 16th, 2009

a man named court merrigan emailed me a few days ago and asked me to comment on his blog, in a post about twitter, because he knew i had started a twitter website where made up accounts are maintained. i am interested in what other people think. i am not trying to get an argument going or whatever, i just think it would interest me to hear from other people. the tone of the comments seems to change by the last one and i don’t know why people get so defensive. but whatever, i am interested in hearing from other people. here is the article and the comment thread that followed is after the break.

# sam pink Says:
Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 at 18:42

“sure dude. i will reply. twitter 666 is an attempt to entertain people not provide them with whatever literature is. i remember thinking of the idea in somewhat the same way i started a blog. it was the idea that you could now do whatever you wanted, in terms of publishing your own shit, and yet people still seemed to be using it uniformly. as much as i like to read that someone just washed hands or whatever, i thought, “it would be funny to here what happens to a big sandwich.” that was the first account we started, “a big sandwich.” the rest were ideas either we had or other people volunteered. i like the internet because it allows you to do whatever you want, which means some people will think that’s bad, since it allows anything, and those who think it is good, since it allows things to get through that might normally not be accepted by an editor. i agree with the aphorism thing you were talking about, except that it doesn’t matter what medium you have access to, you can do whatever you want with it. like, smaller pieces of paper are always available, less web space is always available…the main aspect of twitter that i like, in terms of creating fake accounts, is that, like for instance, “instant messenger,” it has a built in device of point of view. like, in instant messaging, we can imagine two people having the conversation, so you dont have to worry about setting up an environment. it’s just fun to read. same with twitter, you already have the perspective once you create the account. the main reason behind the journal, is to entertain people. sometimes when i feel like shit i am happy that other people have written things for me to read. i hope this is an ok comment dude. thanks for the opportunity. bye.”

# courtmerrigan Says:
Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 at 18:52

“You are more than welcome, Sam. Responding in world-record time, too (at least on my blogs – I’m accustomed to waiting days and days to hear back from folks).

It hadn’t occurred to me that there’s a built-in perspective in tweeting, at least from a fake account. That’s probably because my thinking about lit is marooned in, well, the sort of picture I posted above, the “future” of lit being lots of nice-smelling books from the past. Like I said, you’re onto something. Although if you don’t necessarily know what it is, I clearly don’t, either.

Probably I shouldn’t take literature so goddamnawful serious all the time. Thanks for inserting some useful levity, Sam.”

# Brad Green Says:
Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 at 19:42

“I read recently about an author that is releasing his “literary” fiction novel on twitter. Dr. Mrinal Bose over at http://awritinggeek.blogspot.com/ mentioned it and has a link, I believe, to a story about it. I’m not sure how such a thing will work. Seems like it would promote discontinuity, but perhaps it’s a postmodern novel.”

# Donigan Says:
Thursday, 16 July, 2009 at 06:35

“One definition of anybody can do anything they want is anarchy. There are probably people who think of anarchy as a pleasant way to get through life. There are probably people who think that ultimately anarchy renders everything meaningless, or valueless. And there are probably people who don’t mind if everything is meaningless, and value is a nonsense word. There’s something for everyone.

I find that my problem with the chaotic and valueless life is one of limited time, and the desire to spend one’s time, my time, in pursuit of things I do value. Let’s suppose human life is not terminal, that we live infinitely. Then, there is time for everything and anything and in limitless variety. But instead, we get something less than a hundred years, which is to me, in the great limitless structure of time, the real equivalent of the lifespan of a snowflake falling into a flame. So I am careful and considerate about how I spend my minutes and hours and days. My problem with the chaos of anarchy is simply that I do not have the time it takes to meander through the morass of it all in search of something of value. Of value to me, of course.

I have elsewhere used the metaphor of seeking a pearl at the bottom of an ocean and having to go through each water molecule on the way.

Then there is this twittering thing. I rarely come across it, but do, it seems, more and more often. This mystifies me. Is there anyone who could possibly care, outside of your mother maybe, what you ate for breakfast? That you are at the moment listening to a rave? That little Johnny got an A on his report card? The utter narcissism of this is astounding.

I suppose everyone now knows about the “novel” written as text messages on a cell phone that is a big hit in Japan? Of course, another current big hit in Japan is a little pink bunny that turns flips when you clap your hands.

My thinking is marooned in literature, philosophy, music, graphic arts, and wine. I hope I don’t always take literature so seriously, but I do wish more people even know what it is, and what it isn’t.”

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