Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jennifer Egan Tweeting Short Story
Posted on May 25, 2012
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan is tweeting a short story on Twitter. The short story, "Black Box," is a spy thriller set in the future. It is being tweeted on the New Yorker's Fiction Twitter account, @NYerFiction. The 8,500 word short story is being tweeted ten nightly installments, from 8 to 9 P.M. E.T. The first part of the story was tweeted last night. You can also find the first installment of the story here on newyorker.com.
Jennifer Egan says in a New Yorker post, "I'd also been wondering about how to write fiction whose structure would lend itself to serialization on Twitter. 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 hundred and forty characters. I found myself imagining a series of terse mental dispatches from a female spy of the future, working undercover by the Mediterranean Sea."
This is the first tweet from the short story:
People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you've seen pictures.- New Yorker Fiction (@NYerFiction) May 25, 2012