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Robert Blechman writes a mystery from Twitter messages

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Authors on the Air is pleased to present Dr. Robert Blechman and "Executive Severance", his murder mystery comprised of Twitter messages.  

"On May 6, 2009, I began a literary experiment: Was it possible to maintain a narrative structure and attract a reading public in Twitter, live-tweeting 140 characters at a time? Posting a new "tweet" twice a day, every day, never missing a deadline, I completed his twitter mystery or "twitstery" in 15 months. The 140 character limit of Twitter required intensive wordsmithing, creative editing, and the omission of punctuation in some cases and a lot of counting. To succeed I adopted the narrative strategies of cartoon artists Al Capp, Chester Gould and Will Eisner as well as canonical mystery writers Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Robert B. Parker."

Dr. Blechman teaches at Fordham University in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. His areas of expertise include the creative use of social media, advertising and media industries.   RKBs_Twitstery



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