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NYT examines authors who tweet

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The New York Times considers the motivations of the tweeting author.


Is following a tweeting writer like "looking behind the curtain," an act bound to spoil our precious idea of our favorite authors?Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Marriage Plot and Middlesex, posted to Facebook that it's "better, I think, for readers not to communicate too directly with an author because the author is, strangely enough, beside the point." In spite of the fact that using Twitter is hardly conducive to deep concentration, writers and readers are increasingly taking to the service, and it's not simply that publishers are pushing writers to "get social" to drive book sales. Salman Rushdie told The New York Times "it allows one to be playful, to get a sense of what is on a lot of people’s minds at any given moment." Read on for more on the tweeting literary set.