Yes, it’s true: Paul created the #kanyenewyorkertweets Twitter hashtag meme. We’re seriously thinking about changing the name of our act to The Meme Brothers.
Hot on the heels of Storm’s #wookieeleaks juggernaut, Paul’s insomnia and subsequent Twitter exchange with Josh Cagan led him to launch #newyorkerkanyetweets, a mashup of New Yorker cartoons and Twitter n00b Kanye West’s tweets. An e-mail interview with Paul about the meme’s appeal can be found at Urlesque.com, and already it’s been picked up by The Onion A/V Club, Paste Magazine the Huffington Post, and, yes, The New Yorker.
UPDATE: All the original New Yorker cartoons (with their original, Kanye-less captions) can be found at cartoonbank.com. (We’re working on linking the individual Kanye cartoons with the specific originals. Eventually)