Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jennifer Egan Tweets New Short Story

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Detractors of Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad often mention "the PowerPoint chapter"—a 75-page slideshow in which a teenage character narrates scenes from her family life. Fans, though, might point to this chapter as evidence of Egan's willingness to break free of old strictures, and of her facility with storytelling in new media.

She's again playing with a new mode of storytelling: The New Yorker is currently publishing the Fort Greene resident's latest short story on Twitter, the Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch reports.

"Black Box," which will also be published in the magazine and features a character from Good Squad, is being tweeted in installments, one per minute for an hour, starting nightly at 8 p.m., the Local Fort Greene reports. The tweeting began on Thursday, and continues through Saturday.

Patch reports:

Egan told the [The New Yorker] that she wrote the story, "Black Box," specifically for Twitter to be followed by readers on laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices. "This is not a new idea, of course, but it’s a rich one—because of the intimacy of reaching people through their phones, and because of the odd poetry that can happen in a 140 characters," Egan said.

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