Piecing Together Dan Baum’s New Yorker Twitter Missives

May 11, 2009 | 1 book mentioned 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.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Dear Millions,

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

    Sloppy kisses,

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

  3. 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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