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November 24, 2009

And to think people used to complain about CliffsNotes

Jesse Lansner

Some forms of satire get old quickly. The Facebook Haggadah was great. Barack Obama's Facebook Feed on Slate is generally amusing. Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook is a crime against literature, humor, satire and even Facebook itself. What's next? Rewriting classic literature in PowerPoint?

Worse, actually – Twitterature.


I'm no literary genius - I consider "motherfucker" a cunning Oedipal reference - and I don't think the "Ophelia" book is necessarily evil, but I do have to choke back vomit when I think of someone getting in a hardy guffaw at Hemingway completing the "are you a real man" quiz on Facebook. In fact, one reviewer made me throw up all over my computer with this line:

From the moment when "Ophelia removed 'moody princes' from her interests", I was hooked, and laughed so loud that I ended up with a severe case of hiccups that took at least an hour to cure.

Head, meet bullet.

Now Twitterature - well, that clearly is aimed at retards, and I am all for them being occupied so they stay out my shit.

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