Another Political Bestiary, Ep. VIII

The Tweet (2018). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Tweet

The Tweet species traces its lineage back to forebears of friendly disposition, bent only on including their neighbors in all of the happy moments of existence. Of late, however, the bend has become increasingly more severe, toward animosity, and, in some holding the highest of offices, toward self-incrimination. Researchers have not reached consensus on why this happens, but there is some evidence that that the Tweet may not actually know that it has turned its weapons on itself; there seems to be a level of innate ignorance that cannot be breached. Moreover, the Tweet, in malevalent form, often magnifies its damage to self by binding together with others of the species, forming a flock of misspent emotional energy, bent on humiliation, and called a Tweet Storm. Look for this flurry of crazed activity in the early morning hours of days when certain high government officials have no official events planned.


-Danny Grosso

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