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Jan 10, 2012
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The Ballad of @Horse_ebooks | Splitsider

Fascinating article on @Horse_ebooks — an unintentionally funny spambot “that sells shitty ebooks about horses.” John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats fame) on the poetry of the bot:


  To me it’s just found poetry, which is kind of the poetry virtually everybody loves — who hasn’t seen a stray phrase jump out of a billboard or something and just sort of relished free-floating ideas in phrases?


Ryan O’Connor (@dead_wizard) likens the tweets to Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies:


  The Oblique Strategies were cards printed with random snippets of phrases (see a pattern?) used by writers, authors, musicians, etc to break through creative dilemmas by forcing you to make sense of them. Examples include ‘ask your body’ and ‘only one element of each kind.’
  
  These snippets clearly resemble the broken up tweets of Horse_ebooks (and the other ebooks accounts), and that is where I see its limitless value — every tweet by Horse_ebooks is simultaneously profound and confounding.


(Thx, @pomeranian99!)

The Ballad of @Horse_ebooks | Splitsider

Fascinating article on @Horse_ebooks — an unintentionally funny spambot “that sells shitty ebooks about horses.” John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats fame) on the poetry of the bot:

To me it’s just found poetry, which is kind of the poetry virtually everybody loves — who hasn’t seen a stray phrase jump out of a billboard or something and just sort of relished free-floating ideas in phrases?

Ryan O’Connor (@dead_wizard) likens the tweets to Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies:

The Oblique Strategies were cards printed with random snippets of phrases (see a pattern?) used by writers, authors, musicians, etc to break through creative dilemmas by forcing you to make sense of them. Examples include ‘ask your body’ and ‘only one element of each kind.’

These snippets clearly resemble the broken up tweets of Horse_ebooks (and the other ebooks accounts), and that is where I see its limitless value — every tweet by Horse_ebooks is simultaneously profound and confounding.

(Thx, @pomeranian99!)

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