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By Anna from Twitter

How deep do you want to go?

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Today, we have reading recommendations, inspiration, and writing advice from Anne T. Donahue and Zoey Roy. We’ll also talk about Reader, Twitter Blue’s seamless thread-reading experience.
read + recommendations
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions about what they like to read.
Our first guest is Anne T. Donahue. Anne is a writer and comedian whose work has appeared in sites and magazines including Refinery29, National Post, Rookie, FASHION, NME, and more. Her debut book of personal essays, Nobody Cares, was published in 2018. Anne also writes the That’s What She Said newsletter.
📸: Anne T. Donahue
📸: Anne T. Donahue
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
I usually stick to writers whose work is very honest. Sarah Hagi, Amil Niazi, Carla Ciccone, Eternity Martis, Fariha Róisín, Sam Irby — it only takes reading a piece or two by any of them to remind me that being genuine is what I need to hold closest.
You’re at the newsstand and have decided you’re leaving with four magazines. What are you picking up? (from any era, be as oddly specific as possible).
Okay. This is big. Hm. I mean, look: I want to buy back my Seventeen and YM collection from 1997-1999. Also, Teen People. But only up until 2000 when I stopped reading it because I thought, at 15, that I wasn’t a teen anymore. After I left my teen years behind (LOLOL I was a child!) I started buying InStyle because I liked how I wasn’t intimidated by the trends they showed me. Also, the ads were so pretty. 
Oh! NME, but when I was just starting out as a sweet baby music journalist in 2009 and had all the energy in the world to look up and listen to and see bands that soundtracked some extremely necessary but turbulent years. I ended up writing for NME about two years later, and while that was a huge and super-cool milestone, it was absolutely not the same as finding a new issue somewhere that only ever got two copies in every other week. If you’re a young person reading this, please know that the enthusiasm you feel for everything is so important! I tried to play mine down forever, and wow — a mistake!
What’s the thing you read when you need to feel something?
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I think about it all the time. Right now I feel like I’m trying to re-configure my own life after losing my dad, grampa, and uncle in a seven-month span, and re-visiting Cheryl’s reclamation of self and of grief is that important reminder that as bad as it feels right now, you can (and will) keep going.
What newsletters have you continued to happily subscribe to?
When Scacchi Koul’s newsletter lands in my inbox I feel actual delight. 
Is there a thread you love that you come back to (or finds its way back to you)? (if so, why)?
I love threads for as long as it takes me to read them, and then I disappear like the Phantom of the Opera, yelling what I read on a thread from a chandelier.
But I do love a thread. I love an angry thread. An interesting thread. A thread where 29525825 people throw in their worst/best/funniest experiences. I love a gossipy thread. I love a thread of GIFs. A thread of inside baseball information about something I’m not at all well-versed in. Give me your threads. I love your threads. Unless they’re hateful or spreading misinformation or something equally awful. Those threads can go to hell. 
What’s your favorite This Is A Great Day On Twitter day (one of those days when you couldn’t stop reading the timeline)?
At this point, it’s the simpler the better. Like, every and any MET gala meme — not praise for, or information about, the looks themselves; I want to laugh and I want to laugh until my throat is sore. 
What’s the first book you remember reading and loving?
I loved Frederick — about this mouse who liked poetry instead of manual labour. And he doesn’t fit in with his mice pals until they realize that his gift is just as important as theirs, and they all end up appreciating the shit out of each other.  
What’s the best thing you’ve read this month?
Right now I’m reading Gabrielle Korn’s book, Everybody (Else) is Perfect and I love it so much! I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, and her book is exactly what I expected.
Who’s the Twitter follow that hasn’t let you down, since the beginning?
This is unfair. Hagi and Koul, most definitely. Josh Gondelman who is so kind and so funny and how dare he be both. Karen Kilgariff! I would like her brain. Pixie Casey, whose account is locked, but still: I like everything she posts.
write + inspiration
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions and give their perspective on writing.
Our second guest is Zoey Roy. Zoey is a poet, spoken-word artist, film maker, and educator. Her album ZOETRY was released in April 2022, and she releases music videos for her poems on her YouTube channel
📸: Red Works Photography
📸: Red Works Photography
What’s a piece of writing advice that’s held true for you?
Write something you would want to read. I heard this advice from my niece, Aaliya, and it is now the guide of my work. 
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
I go to spoken word events and I watch the way people communicate. I watch poetry videos. I read old poems. Knowing how to write, like me, is the tricky part. 
What’s a writing strategy you’ve developed that’s worked for you?
Rhythm, cadence, and flow are just as important as the storyline. I appreciate a story that has surprising elements. I love the adventure a poem can provide. 
What do you do with all the writing ideas that pop into your head? Where do they go?
If I am really on top of things, they go into my notes section so I can come back to them when I feel like writing. It’s mostly a feeling — the feeling of depression using calls for the action of expression. My mode of expression is usually writing.  
As a writer, how do you stay curious or keep yourself curious?
Staying “in the pocket” is about being in ceremony with yourself, I’ve learned. My writing process is a practice of presence and so sitting down and listening to what is coming through me is about discipline just as much as it is about curiosity. 
How would you describe your relationship with your readers? (especially if it’s evolved)
I perform live and I’ve heard the performance described as “spellbinding”. This makes sense to me — I am the type of reader who reads a book to get what I need. I hope that when people hear my poetry, they just take what they need too. I’m a nerd and informed by hip hop principles for the most part. For this reason, I ensure there are always nuances, messages, and meaning layered throughout any single piece. My poems, I guess, are about choosing your own adventure. How deep do you want to go? 
#TwitterTime
Each week, in addition to hearing from writers, we’ll also give an update about what we’re doing for readers and writers at Twitter.
In past issues of this newsletter, we’ve spoken about Ad-free Articles and Top Articles — two features from Twitter’s first premium features subscription, Twitter Blue (currently available in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). This week, we want to talk about another Twitter Blue feature, built with readers in mind. 
Reader makes it easier to keep up with long threads by getting rid of the noise. Individual Tweets are knitted together seamlessly:
…and seamless reading is more enjoyable reading. 
Find out how to sign up for Twitter Blue here
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See you next time,
Anna
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