In an attempt to break down the barrier between publishers and readers, bestselling author Rick Moody will publish his latest work via Twitter. The story will consist of 153 postings of 140 characters and will be put up every ten minutes from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm starting on November 30th and running until December 2nd. The literary journal Electric Literature is hosting what it calls "a grassroots exercise in participatory epublishing. Check out their Twitter feed here.
And yes, the story has been written specifically to be posted on Twitter, so we will not have any posts being cut off the in the middle of a word or anything lame like that.The idea is to tweet and retweet the story to followers and encourage them to do the same, helping literature reach a place it has never been before and attract new, more wide ranging audiences.
It's a clever idea, if not a little silly. But it's still a chance to read some new work by an extremely talented writer and respect the painstaking work it must have taken to write an entire story so it can be understood in 140 character bursts, as well as a chance to see how this whole thing turns out.