Tyler Cowen, who is often a great source of insights on new literature, last night had a post about Dostoyevsky. It largely consists of an account of his own utility function (which, come to think of it, is largely what Facebook consists of: precisely why advertisers love it, though I don’t see why anyone else should). And then this:
If you enter “Dostoyevsky” into the search function of Twitter, you don’t come up with much interesting these days.
Heavens. We’d better just write him out of the canon then. Cowen’s commenter “vanderleun” nails it:
That [sentence] just says so much about so many things not even distantly related to Dostoyevsky that it can be put up as a “Koan for Our Era.”
Precisely. If you meet the Tweeter on the road, kill him.