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Dan Jenkins: The Best Twitterer In North Texas?, Ctd.

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It’s interesting that literary lion Roy Blount Jr. isn’t nearly as hot for Twitter as Dan Jenkins. “I don’t Twitter or receive Tweets,” Blount, an Atlantic contributing editor, told a crowd at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine this weekend. “Somebody already asked me to write some ‘twaiku,’ and there will probably be some ‘twagic epics’ written.” So, what’s his beef with the new form? “With tweeting, it becomes easier to lose track of the fact that language is oral–connected to the body, not just the twiddling fingers,” Blount said. “I want to hold on to the oral pleasure of language myself, and hope somebody appreciates it.”