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 â€œDostoyevskyâ€Â into the search function of Twitter, you donâ€™t come up with much interesting these days.
Heavens. We’d better just write him out of the canon then.Â 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 â€œKoan for Our Era.â€
Precisely. If you meet the Tweeter on the road, kill him.