Writing a story in the 140 characters allowed by Twitter is nearly impossible, but Dan Baum has managed to do it. Baum chronicled his rise and fall as a staff writer for the New Yorker in bursts of fewer than 140 characters. Reading his page in chronological order from the bottom up, with all the unnatural line breaks, can be disorienting. But the story has wit, a plot, and plenty of windows into one of the most sought after jobs in writing.
Here are four Tweets that provide a good example of his Twitter narrative (Twarrative?):
“I must say, though, the office itself is a little creepy. I didn’t work there. I live in Colorado. But I’d visit 3-4X a year.”
“It’s not exactly like being in a library; it’s more like being in a hospital room where somebody is dying.”
“Like someone’s dying, and everybody feels a little guilty about it.”