Joyce Carol Oates was in D.C. over the weekend for the National Book Festival, but it appears it wasn’t all literary bliss and fairy tales for the 75-year-old author.
Oates appeared to be complaining about the District’s homeless population on Twitter today, calling people “wandering the streets” “delusional and very angry individuals” and saying she was thankful “they can’t afford guns.”
Delusional & very angry individuals in Washington, D.C. wandering the streets shouting at startled tourists. Good they can’t afford guns.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) September 23, 2013
It’s unclear what provoked her. But for what it’s worth, according to her Twitter feed, she also wasn’t very fond of the Peter Coffin exhibit at the Hirshhorn.
Peter Coffin exhibit at Hirshhorn. Less than meets the eye.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) September 22, 2013
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