Friday April 20, 2018

The New Yorker Releases Twitter Installments of Goon Squad Sequel

Cover of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"

Cover of A Visit from the Goon Squad

Last week The New Yorker launched its first segment of author Jennifer Egan‘s sequel to her Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The only difference is, the sequel launched on twitter in 140-character installments.

According to Mashable, the idea to tweet the sequel was actually Egan’s, who saw the potential in sensationalism on Twitter. Though, the combination of literature and technology is not foreign to Egan-the eleventh chapter in her book is written in PowerPoint slides. The oddity is that Egan does not use these technologies herself.

For the sequel, Egan decided to take one of her characters from the novel and place her in 2030. The character keeps a mental log of events.

Egan said in an interview with The New Yorker, “I was interested in telling a story in the form of a list…I began to have a sense of a woman’s voice speaking in these short dispatches about her spying experience. As soon as I began hearing that voice, it was clear that this would be the piece that would be, in some way, disseminated over Twitter.”