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13 Times Twitter's Literary Elite Got It Completely Right

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

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1. When they gently broke grammar rules:

What can be said about disaster? I sometimes use the comma as a gentler semicolon, I like the way it makes a sentence breathe.

Teju Cole@tejucole

What can be said about disaster?

I sometimes use the comma as a gentler semicolon, I like the way it makes a sentence breathe.

11:03 AM - 14 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. When the King of Horror called Papa "Cat:"

Hemingway's ultra short story: "Baby shoes for sale. Never worn." Cat should have been on Twitter.

Stephen King@StephenKing

Hemingway's ultra short story: "Baby shoes for sale. Never worn." Cat should have been on Twitter.

10:42 PM - 28 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. When they let their caged bird sing:

When I was a volunteer mute and began to speak again, I realized I had left my voice, my voice had not left me.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

When I was a volunteer mute and began to speak again, I realized I had left my voice, my voice had not left me.

6:01 PM - 24 Aug 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

I've been sitting here trying to decide if 13 unpublished books makes me really perseverant or just really stupid. Not sure which yet.

sarahdessen@sarahdessen

I've been sitting here trying to decide if 13 unpublished books makes me really perseverant or just really stupid. Not sure which yet.

5:39 PM - 20 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

even in our safe spaces we speak in coded languages

warsan shire@warsan_shire

even in our safe spaces we speak in coded languages

2:01 PM - 13 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. When they were a classier Urban Dictionary:

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

Joyce Carol Oates@JoyceCarolOates

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

9:11 AM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

4:07 PM - 29 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

10:55 AM - 27 Jun 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

10:45 AM - 25 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

(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

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

8:01 AM - 16 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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.

2:47 PM - 03 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

8:10 AM - 16 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

7:40 AM - 10 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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