Joyce Carol Oates is an esteemed writer of plays, poems, short story collections, and nearly 60 novels––5 of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her career is the stuff of legends, and she’s also a prolific tweeter, and yesterday, she shared a picture of her foot that would even make Quentin Tarantino jump back in horror.
I’m telling you, literary Twitter is turning into the new Onlyfans.com––the content is on FIRE. Following last month’s drunken tweetstorm from Susan Orlean, Joyce, not to be outdone, very politely asked the “Orchid Thief” writer to hold her beer while she proceeded to emotionally scar her 200k+ Twitter followers by sharing a gnarly photo of her inflamed, blistered foot after admitting to wearing sandals while hiking. 82-year-old Joyce casually captioned the resulting photo, asking for advice about what to do with this appendage from hell. She assumed that she had contracted poison ivy or poison oak. But, to me, it looks like she accidentally stepped into a puddle of molten lava.
thank you for all your suggestions & sympathy. I have subsequently seen a doctor, am taking antibiotics & have steroid cream. doctor doesn't know what it is, however–venomous weed or insect. (also had a tetanus shot.)
pain & itching have subsided.
moral is: proper footwear! https://t.co/kgkTH9lxnG
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) August 15, 2020
Thankfully, Joyce took everyone’s advice and went to a doctor––who didn’t even know what the hell was wrong with her––and got a tetanus shot and some antibiotics. A follow-up tweet confirms that Joyce is no longer in pain and is resting comfortably. While she’s recuperating, Joyce should write a horror story about her harrowing, diseased foot and turn it into a bestseller.