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What Would Twitter Do?

KG1Kenneth Goldsmith is back! This time, he’s answering questions about Twitter for Sheila Heti at The Believer. You can also read Heti’s conversations with several other artists just by scrolling to the bottom. Here’s my favorite part of the KG interview:

SH: People maybe steer clear of Twitter and social media because they don’t want to be influenced by it. What do you think of these people?
KG: I think they’re idiots.

Erasing Infinite Buzz

FPR’s Jenni B. Baker was in the news again, this time at BuzzFeed. Krystie Lee Yandoli profiled the Erasing Infinite project and sampled some highlights from Baker’s page-by-page erasures of Infinite Jest.

Jenni B. Baker is creating her own poetry by erasing words from pages of David Foster Wallace’s classic novel Infinite Jest.

Tough vs. Cushy

These speak for themselves. Brought to you by Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen).

Google searches for the toughest counties in the U.S.

Google searches for the cushiest counties in the U.S.

Five Decades of Erasable Material

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released five decades worth of publications on art history to read, search or download. Start remixing! Courtesy of Austin Kleon (@AustinKleon).

After Admiral Perry broke through Japan’s isolation in 1854, the current of Japanese trade flowed west again, bearing with it the colored woodcuts of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and their contemporaries. Some of the most avid collectors of these prints were the French Impressionists and Nabis, who found in them new ways to treat their own prints. In The Great Wave, Colta Feller Ives, Curator in Charge, Department of Prints and Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, recounts the phenomenal “cult of Japan” in late nineteenth-century France and reveals through direct comparisons its particular impact on the graphic work of Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Bonnard, Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin.


  • August 21, 2014

    Lewis Oakwood

    I’ve created these tweets by taking some words – then shuffling them around – from the interview between Kenneth Goldsmith and Sheila Heti at The Believer ‘What Would Twitter Do?’


    I’ve become devoted to Twitter. It’s a testament to propaganda and sloganeering. It can spark conversation or controversy. Poets are idiots

    Is Twitter art? No, it’s a public persona.

    Twitter has become a form of acknowledging thousands of unknown strangers.

    Twitter reflects the state of the world. Everyone complains.

    Kenneth Goldsmith collected over 10 tonnes of paper on which he wrote an experimental book ‘The Writings Of Samuel Beckett Into Tweets.’


    • August 21, 2014

      Lewis Oakwood

      Actually, I wonder, has anyone attempted this – ‘The Writings Of Samuel Beckett Into Tweets.’