Tweet Digest

Live tweets from Thursday at the Western Literature Association Conference (2012). To read in order, start at the bottom of the post and go up


Saw Richard Slotkin speak = peed my pants; drank a Texas lager called Wicked Beaver (eep). All in a day at the #wla2012

Andrew Husband ‏@AndrewHusband

“Imagine an alligator, playing electric guitar, riding a flaming motorcycle…” #wla2012

@Surrealtweets Introduces Whedon at #wla2012 sans Whedon

Jaime Rafael Puente ‏@JaimeRPuente

Listening to Maria Alicia Garza’s paper: “No Dogs, No Mexicans”: violence & Erasure in MH Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came With Them. #wla2012

Lowell Mick White Lowell Mick White ‏@lowellmickwhite

“Time passes slowly in Lubbock.” #texas #WLA2012

Jaime Rafael Puente ‏@JaimeRPuente

Never thought about the comparison between Villarreal’s Pocho and Ellison’s Invisible Man. #wla2012

At Precarity of Mexican-American Identity in the American West. #wla2012

Aubrey Streit Krug ‏@astreitkrug

Kolodny’s latest, on “first contact” and “the Anglo-American anxiety of discovery”: In Search of First Contact

Annette Kolodny’s work challenges lit scholars to read new texts, contexts, and languages. #wla2012

Tara Penry Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Scandinavian origins disappeared from Anglo-Am stories with anti-German sentiment in WWI, says Kolodny during Q&A.

#wla2012 Aranda: Empowering for Mex-Am youth to side with Skralings, who chased away the Vikings.

#wla2012 We’re seeing pics of Leif the Lucky (1941), a children’s book, in Jose Aranda’s first PPt lecture. Great visuals.

#wla2012 Hamilton and Hillard both note need to press western studies to earlier dates.

Jaime Rafael Puente ‏@JaimeRPuente

@UTAustin It was great! We all received excellent commentary for our papers. @UT_CMAS @UT_English #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Hillard: Kolodny’s Vinland reception history and Nicolar story are dead and buried stories that she exhumed.

Michael Johnson ‏@Surrealtweets

Kolodny speaking on similarities and differences in westering impulses of the Norse in 10th century and Americans in 19th #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 “Wherever the real location of Vinland, its symbolic meaning is here,” in later Am W. – Kolodny’s conclusion

#wla2012 Only evidence of Norse in N Am was found in 1961 at northern tip of Newfoundland. Other evidence probably lost to rising seas.

#wla2012 19th-c Americans celebrated their Norse ancestry and used it to justify racial superiority – I’m learning from Annette Kolodny.

Michael Johnson ‏@Surrealtweets

Kolodny’s edited book of 19th century narrative by Joseph Nikolar, some proceeds of sales go to scholarship for Penobscot students. #wla2012

Hmm, continuing microphone problems at the Overton with the #wla2012 conference.

Aubrey Streit Krug ‏@astreitkrug

Lopez read his 350-word fictional story, “The Trail,” and his nonfiction essay “Six Thousand Lessons” #wla2012

Diversity is like carbon: not a characteristic of life, but a condition of it. -my paraphrase of Barry Lopez #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Ignoring differences is a peril. Lopez is really wise with examples here. Diversity is a condition of life, like carbon.

#wla2012 traveling to Vienna, one says “I have more or less been to Prague.”

#wla2012 TV generalizes many world languages into “what we all know.”

#wla2012 Inuit don’t speak of what “the caribou” do, but of what an individual caribou did at a particular time. Lopez

Jaime Rafael Puente ‏@JaimeRPuente

It’s great to be in excellent scholarly company for my first professional conference presentation. #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Charged to write exactly 350 words on subject of climate change, Lopez made a story called “The Trail.”

Jaime Rafael Puente ‏@JaimeRPuente

My @UTAustin colleauges & I are happily done w our panel @ #wla2012 & catching Ecological Sustainability Gender & the Arts in the West

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Samurais present swords to former enemies. Talking about reconciliation.

Justin Schumaker ‏@js_schumaker

Delighting in Samson’s use of A Thousand Plateaus. #wla2012
Priscilla Stuckey ‏@priscillast

Writer’s job is to keep alive small fires: reverence for what lies beyond human knowing, profound respect for other. -Barry Lopez #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Lopez working on a book about abuse of land and our abuse of each other.

#wla2012 Lopez…I’ve no ready answers to the profoundly disturbing questions of our time….

#wla2012 Barry Lopez says …I write out of my experience of the world….western geographies have profoundly shaped my fiction.
Priscilla Stuckey ‏@priscillast

Listening to Barry Lopez. Just reread his “Madre de Dios.” Wow. … #wla2012

Michael Johnson ‏@Surrealtweets

Barry Lopez delayed, waiting for podium, which, when first announced, thought they said “waiting for a pony,” this being #wla2012 after all.
19h Michael Lemon Michael Lemon ‏@mike_lemon

Just finished attending the Mormon panel: it was amazing #wla2012

Western American Lit ‏@WesternAmerica1

Large boxes marked Proulx, Kolodney, Lopez brought into #wla2012 conference. Assuming those are their books and not the authors themselves.

Michael Johnson ‏@Surrealtweets

Undead in the West for my first #WLA2012 panel this year–nothing like a little zombie violence before breakfast.

Aubrey Streit Krug ‏@astreitkrug

Met four coyotes by night and one by day on the way to #wla2012

Tara Penry ‏@blueflax2

#wla2012 Great turnout so far for opening night of WLA in Lubbock!

Priscilla Stuckey ‏@priscillast

Farmland prices go up. Idea is that drought is episodic–denial that this drought could be decades or centuries long. -Annie Proulx #wla2012

The real issue of our time is #climatechange. Perhaps we will have something in common with the Anasazi. -Annie Proulx #wla2012

Listening to writer Annie Proulx #wla2012


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