Cormac McCarthy on Twitter
My little corner of Facebook is really excited today for three reasons: The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, Cormac McCarthy is (allegedly) on Twitter, and Newt Gingrich is going to destroy the Republican Party (as though this hasn't been an ongoing process). But let's concern ourselves with that second item. Though Twitter has largely been labeled as no country for old men, this is supposedly Cormac McCarthy's tweet-town. I have no idea if it's real or not, I'd say almost certainly not, although when he tells Twitter-devotee Margaret Atwood, "How do I verify myself? Is this a must? Let the doubters doubt and walk past. I prefer that," I really want to believe it. When he tweets, "I just pet a dog and it lapped my hand. A dog cant be duped. I love dogs," I want to forget Twitter exists.
It seems strange to me that here in the year 2012 people would still create fake Twitter accounts of random "celebrities" or writers. That joke seems long past, beyond the occasional short-lived rapid news-cycle gag. If it is Mr. McCarthy, who it was recently announced is penning a screenplay, then consider this a plea to all the great writers to think before they tweet. So many of McCarthy's words have mattered, and "A dog cant be duped" do not.