How Twitter hijacked her mind

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I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from Kathryn Schulz.

I had never heard of writer Kathryn Schulz before I read her hilarious article “That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind,” published in New York Magazine.

For those of you who loathe Twitter, I feel obliged to warn you that the headline is ironic. She loves the bird. How much? Let me let her tell you:

I love Twitter, a complicated love that includes agape and occasionally some eros and for sure the capital-P Platonic love of fine minds meeting, and also, who knows, probably sibling rivalry and Stockholm Syndrome.

I love the way she provides such a panoply of images. Her veritable mountain of metaphors ranges from the straightforward (Platonic love), to the more obscure, (agape), to even the almost- ridiculous (what on earth does Stockholm Syndrome have to do with Twitter?)

The list is overwhelming, and funny and convincing. Read the whole article. I respect Twitter (although I don’t have the time to use it much myself.) But I respect Schulz even more. After reading this article I’m going to check out her book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.

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