I’m suddenly covering Twitter stories now that I’ve broken the seal and joined. Yuck. But this one cuts close to heart, since someone took “Bookninja” as a user name (and doesn’t even use the account). Maya Angelou had been twittering up a storm, until people found out it wasn’t really Angelou. First clue? The dry platitudes weren’t all terrible. Oh, and it was a 20 year old guy.
The tweeting Angelou was revealed as a fraud today by her representative at Lordly & Dame, the Boston-based speaking agency. Her agent, David LaCamera, said he had reached out to Twitter when the bogus account first came to his attention a few weeks ago, but he received no satisfaction.
“It’s sad that this even goes on in our society,” LaCamera said. “But anyone who reads it and knows her goes, ‘Who the hell wrote this?’ ”
Not so fast, sir. We are not all as intimate with High Verse as you. The less discerning eye may see no reason to be suspicious of such poetic tweets as, “I am very sad. My friends are few… but my words runneth over,” or, “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself,” or even, “It is as important to love ourselves as much as the world around us.”
What did LaCamera have against any of those uplifting sentiments?
“Let’s put it this way,” he said. “It’s sophomoric versus doctoral.”
Really? You really want to say that? I mean, really? Because, you know… I mean, really? Even with the Hallmark thing, that’s where you want to go? REALLY?