Tonight Jennifer Egan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel A Visit From The Goon Squad, will publish an all new short story in The New Yorker...'s Twitter account. Beginning at 8:00 PM and ending at 9:00, @NYerFiction will post one line from the story, titled "Black Box," every minute. New segments from the story will be published in the same manner for the next 10 nights.
The decision to distribute "Black Box" in such an unusual way wasn't just a gimmicky after thought. In an interview with The New York Times, Egan said she conceived of and wrote the story in 140 character bursts from the very beginning.
“I’m just interested in serialization in fiction,” she said. “I’m fascinated by it. I love the 19th-century novels. I’m interested in ways to bring that back to fiction.”
For those interested in Egan's story, which she says is a spy thriller based on a character from Goon Squad, that don't want to sit in suspense by their Twitter page for an hour, The New Yorker will post a full recap on its website each night at 9:00. The full story will also be published in a special science fiction edition of the magazine on Monday.