A visit from the Twitter squad: Jennifer Egan’s serialized story

Sarah Harper

As if we needed more proof that Twitter’s not just for complaining about how hungry you are on the bus, here comes Jennifer Egan with her latest project.

Egan, author of “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” is releasing a story via tweets. For an hour each night for ten nights, she’ll post a line every minute. Egan will use the Twitter profile of The New Yorker’s fiction department, @NYerFiction. This started last night at 7 p.m., so you can read the first part of the story here.

Egan told the New York Times that she was inspired by the way people watch TV — episode by episode. She’s also fascinated by the serialized novels of the 19th century.

“Black Box” is a log of a spy’s mission, which makes sense given the fast-paced, 140 character format.

The whole thing will be printed in The New Yorker’s first science fiction issue on May 29. The magazine’s creative director is breaking out a brand new font called Neutra Face for the story because it just didn’t look right in the standard format, reported the New York Times.

Follow @NYerFiction and start watching more tweets from “Black Box” come in at 7 p.m. tonight.