[Electric Literature may represent the future for literary fiction in the age of new media]
Two young Brooklyn literati, Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum, have recently launched a quarterly magazine, Electric Literature, which seeks to promote the short story in the age of New Media, and the new writing in the online format, generally speaking.
Electric Literature is a magazine you can read on paper, or on a Kindle, or an iPhone. It also promotes itself through You Tube videos; the novelist Rick Moody is about to launch a twitter story through Electric Literature (not sure if he has already launched it or not!).
THE SHORT STORY IS UNIQUELY SUITED FOR OUR AGE
A.O. Scott said recently in the New York Times, “The blog post and the tweet may be ephemeral … but the culture in which they thrive is fed by a craving for more narrative.”
By publishing gripping narratives from America’s best contemporary writers and embracing new forms of distribution, we hope to facilitate a renaissance of the short story.
THE BOOK IS GETTING GREENER
We love books, and are committed to having paperback copies of Electric Literature available. But we have adopted an environmentally conscious approach to publishing: Ultimately, the content of a book is information, and the methods of distributing information have changed. Electronic publishing is the greenest option: it kills no trees, requires very little energy, never goes out of print, and can reach anyone on the planet. To create the paper version of Electric Literature, we use print-on-demand, ensuring that every copy has a home.
A LIGHT ON THE HORIZON
People of our generation—with one foot in the past and one in the future—must make sure that the media gap is bridged in a way that preserves and honors literature. We don’t want to be sentimental old folks in a world where literary fiction is only read by an esoteric few.
Read more on Electric Literature’s website
Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations. The writer selects a favorite sentence from his or her work and the animator creates a short film in response
Not all the electronic prose they publish will be literature, but in the long run I am convinced it will become a vital medium for new creative writing. (Robert McCrum)