A twitterview with Craig Henderson
@ChloeHenderson9: @Craig_Henderson as a “head in the clouds” creative kinda guy, can I Twitterview you about language and literature in our world today?
@Craig_Henderson: My head is far above the clouds, thank you very much. But yes, ‘twould be a delight to be interviewed by your fine self.
@ChloeHenderson9: do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?
@Craig_Henderson: Not fully joined twitterdom. Can only access this on work PC til I sort my Mac. Can carry on if you don’t mind slow replies
@ChloeHenderson9: of course I don’t! An easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s), and why?
@Craig_Henderson: I like “tmesis”. It’s an absofuckinglutely wonderful word and so flexitastically versiwondertile.
@ChloeHenderson9: How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?
@Craig_Henderson: They’re of enormous importance, but try as we might, they cannot replace a face-to-face. Ideally with a pint.
@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?
Literacy and literature has been around for a few milenia, while the internet is in its infancy. Ask me again in a decade.
where do you think the value of words, storytelling and all of that beauty sits in our modern world?
a few months later…..
Bugger. Are we still in the middle of a twitterview? Lost the plot a bit? Care to help me refind it?
I believe I asked you where you thought the value of storytelling is in our modern world?
Stories: informative parables, imparting truths, or vicarious tales, eliciting thrills. It’s all good; always was and will.
Maybe it depends whose asking. I can see several trees talking in a circle, each named after a month of the year.
ah, I loved that story. It’s nice to see you’ve been paying attention! *
talking of trees, do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter?
or do you like instant digital responses? I know you print out and send letters, but do you ever handwrite them?
I hand wrote a letter recently. I would do more but my writing is ugly. Scrawled or printed a tangible letter speaks louder.
: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
Am still in love with Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. But ask me again in 40 years. Ta for the twitterview. Loved it!
Thank you very much Craig for this little twitterview, although one of the most elongated twitterviews it was still beautiful and full of your awesome insights. Befriend Craig on facebook
or stalk him on twitter at @Craig_Henderson
* I gave Craig Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” book for Christmas, and one of the stories is all about trees, named after months of the year, all storytelling in a circle (and I epically recommend it, because it is beautiful – not just that story but everything Neil Gaiman has written).