13 Times Twitter’s Literary Elite Got It Completely Right

Sometimes your favorite writer, regardless of genre, creates poetry in just 140 characters.

1. When they gently broke grammar rules:

2. When the King of Horror called Papa “Cat:”

3. When they let their caged bird sing:

4. When they revealed the paper skeletons in their closets:

5. When they spoke in 0s and 1s:

6. When they were a classier Urban Dictionary:

Twitter, reliquary of lost thoughts, brilliant insights, fleeting hopes.

— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates)

7. When they reminded us that writing is rewriting:

I typed 'The End' today. But tomorrow I go back to pg 1. Will be chained to desk for next 6 weeks.

— Judy Blume (@judyblume)

8. When they reminded us that books (er, children?) are our future:

For my 25,000th Tweet, a request: If you worry about the future, or just hope to make the world better, buy a book for a child today. #books

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)

9. When life did not imitate art:

The irony of not being able to go on vacation is not lost on me.

— Emma Straub (@emmastraub)

(Straub published The Vacationers this May.)

10. When paradoxes created prose poems:

illustration, n.: We need a break in the words. We need to stop and look at the picture, and silently take in the details.

— David Levithan (@loversdiction)

11. When they perfectly captured the bibliophile’s life:

You'll never love a book like the book you discovered yourself and bought impulsively and read when you should have been doing other things.

— Teju Cole (@tejucole)

12. When they took the “auto” out of “autobiography:”

The last line of your memoir will be written by someone else.

— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates)

13. And does this even need explaining?

The microphone made crooning possible. Twitter might be changing writing: you can sing low and still reach the back of the room.

— Teju Cole (@tejucole)

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