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Piecing Together Dan Baum’s New Yorker Twitter Missives

By posted at 7:38 pm on May 11, 2009 4

There’s been a lot of excitement today about former New Yorker staff writer Dan Baum using Twitter to deliver an account of his time there. The “updates” contain quite a bit of fascinating behind-the-scenes detail on what being a staff writer entails.

However, if, like me, you can’t be bothered to wade through this fascinating tale in the 140-word increments required by Twitter, a helpful commenter at Metafilter has stitched the fractured essay into a more readable format. Apparently, Baum will continue with his tale tomorrow, which, alas, will be done via Twitter. Hopefully somebody will piece that together as well.

Baum’s most recent book is Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, nine linked profiles of people in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Update: Baum has now posted the whole thing on his website.

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4 Responses to “Piecing Together Dan Baum’s New Yorker Twitter Missives”

  1. Rachel
    at 10:31 pm on May 11, 2009

    Dear Millions,

    Oh how I love you. I was googling around for a readable version when this popped into my RSS.

    Sloppy kisses,
    Rachel

  2. Bill Stilwell
    at 11:18 pm on May 11, 2009

    I built a reverse order twitter thing a while back that works well for this kind of thing:

    http://marginalia.org/day/danielsbaum?day=2009-05-11

  3. Lydia Kiesling
    at 5:13 am on May 12, 2009

    oh my christ they gave him so much money. now i can supplement my proletarian breakfast of gruel and sadness with rage and envy.

  4. Anonymous
    at 2:53 pm on May 12, 2009

    Fascinating! I'm going to display his book up front at work tomorrow. Shhh-don't tell the borders corporate merchandising team-they take their planograms VERY seriously.

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