Can You Write a Novel on Twitter?

by on Nov.30, 2014, under News







In Foreign Policy, Ruth Franklin examines the quest to write great literature, 140 characters at a time.  Her essay discusses Twitter literature in a wide range of forms, including work from Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Elliot Holt and others — and a mention of my 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival story, #PolarVortex, about an airport paralyzed by a winter storm: 

"Public relations tweets from fictional airlines and ads for the airport's sushi bar mingle with the stories of stranded passengers and crew members — one anxiously en route to a job interview, another watching his relationship fall apart via text.  With a nod to the increasing use of Twitter as a means for sharing images, Arnold's narrative takes advantage of the platform's visual capabilities, collaging weather maps, photographs and video in his feed."