Novelist and Conceptual poet Vanessa Place is in the middle of tweeting the entirety of Magaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Of course, because she enters the text in 140 character increments, and because Twitter places the most recent posts at the top of the page, the text is being reversed. For example, the two most recent posts have been:

e of the Confederacy, for final victory was at hand. Stonewall Jackson's triumphs in the Valley and the defeat of the Yankees in the Seven D

need be, and bear their loss as proudly as the men bore their battle flags. It was high tide of devotion and pride in their hearts, high tid

Much like Simon Morris’s recent piece, Getting into Jack Kerouac’s Head, in which he blogged the entirety of On the Road, but backwards, there’s been a recent tendency in conceptual writing towards appropriative projects which restructure well-known works of literature. The movement has been, seemingly, from reframing to rebuilding - from highlighting the status of works as objects and commodity objects, to highlighting the microstructures of their composition, which may become more apparent in new, unfamiliar orders.

Originally Published: October 18th, 2010