The Writer and Social Media

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Alexander Chee writes for LitHub on Elena Ferrante’s pseudonymous, social-media-free existence and the choices other authors have made to dis/engage with social media at points in their careers:

Ferrante’s anonymity is something of a feminist project, also. No one is able to talk about her appearance. No one can decide if she is a good or bad mother…. One can talk about her work, really, or her relative anonymity (the constraints of which force you back to the work). No one wants to do this for women writers usually.


Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at michellevider.com or @meanchelled. More from this author →