People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you’ve seen pictures.—
New Yorker Fiction (@NYerFiction) May 25, 2012
This provocative tweet was the first in a series that comprised Jennifer Egan’s story “Black Box,” which was shared exclusively on Twitter: the New Yorker tweeted the 8,500-word story from its @NYerFiction account over 10 nights. On the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, the author said she composed the story in an effort to “write fiction whose structure would lend itself to serialization on Twitter.” Egan is no stranger to unconventional methods of storytelling, having organized an entire chapter of her Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad around a PowerPoint slide. She may not tweet much herself (her last message dates back to May 24 in promotion of “Black Box”), but Egan’s twit-lit experiment was proof that art can indeed be found in 140 characters.