<em>The Twitter Review</em>, anyone?

More

[Daniel Drezner]

Kevin Drum posts some notes he cobbled together for a review of Lee Siegel's latest God-awful attempt to rationalize his loathing of the Internet book, Against the Machine (in the end, he decided the book wasn't worthy of review).

Amidst his notes is perhaps the best one-sentence summary of the book yet: "Like a long Andy Rooney segment, except not as coherent."

I wonder if the rise of twittering as perhaps the briefest form of literature known to man could lead to a new kind of book review. Rather than have a book reviewed by a single person in 1000 words or less, what would it look like if 40 different reviewes offered 25 words or less?

In some ways, this kind of review style already exists, with book and movie blurbs and sites like Rotten Tomatoes. Still, those blurbs are extracted from larger reviews. It would be interesting to see how critics would respond to such a constrained word count.

What better way to test this proposition than guest-posting on a blog? As an experiment, readers are encouraged to write a twitter-style review -- 25 word or less -- of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Based on my own reactions to the book (and Megan's, for that matter), my twitter review would read:

The weakest of the series, with the logically fragile plot stranded -- literally -- in the woods for long stretches. A definitive ending, however.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Business

Just In