Literature Goes Digital

What if you re-wrote great literature condensing the action into chapters of up to 140 characters? Oh wait, that’s a tweet, right? Hence, the fusion of tweets and literature into Twitterature, the creation of University of Chicago dorm mates, Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. Aciman and Rensin have taken 83 classic and not-so-classic works and reduced them to 20 tweets or fewer. From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight—where else would you have those two together?—you could “read” nearly the whole western literary canon in under an hour. From Frankenstein: “Digging up body…continue reading →

Fiction Fridays: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

“I was sixteen and I had the confidence then of a teenager who’d had to act like an adult for too long.” Girl In Translation (Jean Kwok, p. 290) In this debut novel, Kimberly Chang and her mother immigrate to New York City from Hong Kong knowing very little English but owing lots of money. To alleviate their horrible living and working conditions Kimberly realizes it is up to her to change her circumstances using her one talent:  “a knack for school.”  She becomes gifted scholar by day and sweatshop worker by evening and…continue reading →