Monday, April 1, 2013

Dipping our toes into the ocean of social media

Daedalus employees can't compete for prizes in the Daily Glean caption contest (see upper right), but that shouldn't stop them from tossing quips into the ring, eh? Here are two good ones that just came in:
"In her younger days, Mavis Beacon attempted to merge her love of animals with her fascination with typing techniques."
"Come on, if an infinite number of monkeys can produce all of Shakespeare, kitty here oughta be able to handle my spelling worksheet."
Daedalus peeps: feel free to suggest captions in the comments!
To tweet or not to tweet; that is the question.
 Who do think is the topmost tweeter on Twitter? If you read this article in The Telegraph, you know it's Neil Gaiman. We observed with gratification that several authors whom we "follow" in tweetdom (@daedalusbooks) are in the top 10, including Margaret Atwood and Alexander McCall Smith (above). Please let us know which authors' tweets make your spirits soar. (Or maybe you're like Jonathan Franzen, who calls tweeting "unspeakably irritating"—fair enough?!)
Speaking of new technologies as applied to literature, here's a snippet from Sarah Schmelling's condensation of Hamlet as a Facebook feed, which appeared originally in McSweeney's and is now in a book with other famous works given the same treatment.
Polonius says Hamlet’s crazy … crazy in love!
Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet are now friends.
Hamlet wonders if he should continue to exist. Or not.
Hamlet thinks Ophelia might be happier in a convent.
Ophelia removed “moody princes” from her interests.
Hamlet posted an event: A Play That’s Totally Fictional and In No Way About My Family
The king commented on Hamlet’s play: “What is wrong with you?”
Polonius thinks this curtain looks like a good thing to hide behind.
Polonius is no longer online.
Riding the theme of social media to the end of the rainbow, I would like to share that my recent posting of a Gahan Wilson cartoon from the New Yorker's Rejection Collection went positively viral on the Daily Glean Pinterest Board. There's a lot of love out there for his utterly distinctive, immediately recognizable artwork. Actually, his graphic novel Nuts is currently No. 3 on our Top 10 of visual arts books.


  1. "If it worked for Henri, it'll work for Chuckles."

    1. on the sidelinesApril 5, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      "Chef Meow's recipe for tuna tartare has to be written down immediately--as soon as he swallows, he forgets!"

  2. Where but Twitter would you find that:
    A flea circus lost 300 performers due to cold weather in Germany...
    When you blush, your stomach lining blushes, too..(they don't know my stomach--it balks at nothing!)
    Or, whoever said nudity was liberating never sat down in a plastic chair. (Mine.)

    I follow NASA because it may one day tweet, "Time to pray, or duck."
    when the asteroid with our name on it comes.

  3. Giaconda-- that was absolutely hilarious!! Also, I'm shocked that Jonathan Franzen is anti-twitter. That guy's such a hipster, I figured he'd be self-promoting through every venue possible.

  4. Wilhelm- I can totally see how Jonathan Franzen is anti-twitter, his "too cool for school" attitude says it all.

    Favorite tweeter's have to be Sloane Crosley, Michael Ian Black, and Bret Easton Ellis.

    1. Here's a second for Michael Ian Black, and in that same category of celebrities that can be a little PG-13 in their tweets is the one name celebrity Retta (known for playing Donna on Parks and Recreation) she live tweets television shows and it's absolutely hilarious!

  5. I'd have to follow anyone who had a book titled "They Said There'd Be Cake" (or words to that effect).