The Atlantic Wire has posted an interview with Michael Crossan, the aspiring writer from Scotland who briefly fooled the Twittersphere by pretending to be novelist Cormac McCarthy.
As we reported last week, the fake account convinced hundreds of Twitter users, even managing to fool a Twitter executive before the account was suspended. In both those links, we archived the fake tweets for posterity.
Here’s more: “I did a search for Cormac McCarthy. I realized the chance of Cormac having a Twitter feed were remote. Cormac is religiously private. Of course there was no Cormac on Twitter. The idea flashed to create a parody Cormac feed. I created the account and did a search of the Twitter literati. I came across Margaret Atwood’s tweets. I had read and admired her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. As Cormac I tweeted her as I imagined he would do. I think Cormac is noble and sincere and blunt. I tweeted Margaret — ‘Please excuse my intrusion’ — and it escalated from there.” (Via HuffPost Books)
Editor’s Note: This post was updated to source the story to The Atlantic Wire.