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JM Coetzee, FML and YOLO: Best of @FunnyJMCoetzee Tweets

The Childhood of JesusHere and NowFollowing on from our previous lighthearted piece on JM Coetzee, today we bring you a collection of tweets from the amusing twitter account @FunnyJMCoetzee. The account, run anonymously, jokingly provides a public voice to the private Nobel laureate. @FunnyJMCoetzee ironically tweets about plurality of identity and comments on any mention of Coetzee in the media.

Coetzee’s latest books, his novel The Childhood of Jesus and the collection of his correspondence with Paul Auster Here and Now, get several tweets, with @FunnyJMCoetzee remarking, “I am always mystified when friends declare excitement at the prospect of a new JM Coetzee novel. Not sure what they could be thinking of”.

His participation in the Venice Biennale is explained with “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) and his inclusion in the Folio Society Academy labelled “ironic”. When the JM Coetzee archive was opened at the University of Texas, @FunnyCoetzee cautioned: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”. @FunnyJMCoeztee also explains that the article citing Coetzee’s love of cricket had it wrong – he meant “crickets” – and clarifies that his move to Australia was because South Africa doesn’t have a “Skywhale”.

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    June 6th, 2013 @14:35 #
     
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    I must confess that I've chuckled along with some of these...

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carolyn</a>
    Carolyn
    June 6th, 2013 @15:01 #
     
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    It's worth a LOL ; )

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  • <a href="http://jameswhyle.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">James Whyle</a>
    James Whyle
    June 6th, 2013 @16:23 #
     
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    Personally, I'm a fan of the cool restraint of this account.

    John Maxwell Coetzee
    @JMCoetzee
    Followers: 769
    Following: 0
    Tweets: 0

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    June 6th, 2013 @17:17 #
     
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    Touche, James :)

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  • <a href="http://kelwynsole.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    June 7th, 2013 @14:43 #
     
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    I've just come across an article by Coetzee on rugby, published in a short-lived CT-based magazine (Speak) in the 1970s...I'll put some quotes up next time I'm in my office. There's also a very funny Stephen Watson article on rugby from the same period.

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carolyn</a>
    Carolyn
    June 7th, 2013 @14:53 #
     
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    Oooh, please do, Kelwyn.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    June 8th, 2013 @11:07 #
     
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    I love the one about the cover...

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