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The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 13, 2011
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Primary Colors for the social media era, the wildly profane, viral phenomenon that resulted from a fake Twitter account deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel is the first significant Twitter epic in today’s digital age.
With web sensations such as Stuff White People Like and Sh*t My Dad Says making the leap from the Internet to the bestseller lists, it’s no surprise that this unique and hilarious first-person account of Rahm Emanuel’s fake mayoral campaign via Twitter has already been featured in The Atlantic, Wired, The Colbert Report, and is still an unfolding story. Now, fans can read the entire six months of collected tweets of @MayorEmanuel with commentary and annotations from creator Dan Sinker.
When rumors circulated that Rahm Emanuel would enter the Chicago mayor’s race, suddenly the “real” Rahm became overshadowed by a decidedly different Rahm, @MayorEmanuel. Via Twitter, this fake Rahm spun a faux-insider’s story unlike any other—in real time. Garnering a passionate following on Twitter and hailed by the press, @MayorEmanuel’s journey is an entertaining, modern-day anti-hero's quest as he travels a surrealistic Chicago landscape, picking up friends along the way, including advisor David Axelrod, Carl the Intern (a high-school-aged MacGyver), a puppy named Hambone, and a duck named Quaxelrod, to name a few.
Both a surprisingly literary romp as well as an inside peek into an historic mayoral race, The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel is a bold and exciting foray into a new form of participatory, real-time storytelling.
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Dan Sinker started on a whim with one-liners, capitalizing on a caricature of Rahm Emanuel and utilizing an encyclopedic knowledge of local Chicago and national politics. But as the account started amassing followers, Sinker found characters and a story. He followed the real-time events of the real Rahm, but he added a duck and an intern with MacGyver-like skills. Tweets were strung together in quick succession. They became more like paragraphs. Followers were responding as the tweets were sent. Dan was reading the responses and getting ideas from them, picking up on mistakes he'd made and finding ways to correct those mistakes later in his narrative. Dan Sinker was writing a long-form story, and turning it into a spectators' sport.
This may not be the future of the novel, but it is a future of the novel. This is how some literature will be written, and I, for one, am fascinated to see how it's going to work. We have the blueprint in The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, which is presented in full tweet glory along with entertaining annotations and topped off with Dan Sinker's personal story of creating and experiencing the phenomenon that transformed an anonymous prankster who hoped he'd never be unmasked into a folk hero who appeared in every major publication across the country and on The Colbert Report.
From making snow angels on the frozen ice of Lake Michigan, to dancing with the ghost of Curtis Mayfield, to its emotional climax at the edge of space-time itself, the profane tweets of @MayorEmanuel offer a hilariously surreal--and, at times oddly moving--look at the historic election, a larger-than-life persona, redemption, sacrifice, and the lasting bonds of both friendship and civic pride. --Adam Mansbach
"David Shepherd, Paul Sills, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Del Close and Charna Halpern, Studs Terkel and Lenny Bruce: Meet Dan Sinker. He's one of yours, and one of ours." --Chicago Tribune
"The success of Sinker's uproarious Tweeted novel affirms the fact that we are hardwired for stories, however they are delivered. In all, a many-faceted, bravura performance." --Booklist
"Indeed, @MayorEmanuel may be the first truly great piece of digital literary work." --The Economist
"There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp to the Chicago mayor's office . . . the performance and identify of @MayorEmanuel, a fake Twitter account, captured the imagination nearly as much as the real politics. . . . The genius behind @MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker, who has a heart made out of Chicago and balls of punk rock."--The Atlantic
“My sentiments exactly.” —Rahm Emanuel
"The first truly great piece of literature to be produced using this micromedium that's rapidly transforming communication in the digital age."--Wired
"Sinker's work is a knowing, cynical, sentimental and hilarious love song to Chicago, its history, its politics, its artists and its people."--Chicago Tribune
"The print book could easily have been a gimmick, or just a hard copy for the files. But supplemented by annotations that explain back-stories, the book is more capacious than the feed. The Twitter time-stamps are still there, but readers are not interrupted by other tweets, so the book is more engrossing."--The Economist
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It's journalist/web-geek Sinker's unrestrained tweets under the fictional persona of Rahm Emanuel (former Obama White House Chief of Staff) during the man's 2010-11 campaign for mayor of Chicago. I'm enamored of Emanuel and fascinated by his pit-bull, *anti*-people personality. I was especially fascinated to watch him glad-hand Obama supporters at one of the debates last month, and when I found myself imagining what was going on in his head, I pulled this from my bookshelf.
Sinker began his @MayorEmanuel feed (bio: "Your next motherf****** mayor. Get used to it, a*******." [see note below]) on the day rumors surfaced that Emanuel would run for the office that had been occupied by father-and-son Daleys for 43 of the last 56 years. Annotated with background and context where necessary, his couple-thousand tweets cover Emanuel resigning from the White House; returning to Chicago and facing residency challenges; finding innovative housing when the tenant renting his home refused to vacate early; commenting on his fellow candidates and the voters; and running his campaign. The real Emanuel blurbed the book with "My sentiments exactly," and the entries do sound spot-on. For example:
"Speech preview: I've spent these last weeks listening to your problems. And gone home every f****** night and poured bleach in my ears."
"Who the f*** is in charge of cleaning the CTA stations? Because at this point I wouldn't mind taking a f****** meeting with that a******." [annotation:] The actual Rahm Emanuel visited every single CTA L station (The L is the public train system in Chicago, so named because much of the line is elevated aboveground) during his campaign, many of them multiple times. Most of them are not very clean.
Emanuel's campaign team is mostly David Axelrod and Carl the Intern, but along the way they add a dog ("Hambone") and a duck ("Quaxelrod"):
"I've been shaking hands outside of PetSmart all morning. Last day I let Hambone and Quaxelrod set my f****** schedule."
The tweets also reflect non-mayoral events that happened along the way, e.g. the national mid-term elections, the rescue of the Chilean miners, Super Bowl XLV, Chicago's Snowmageddon storm, and Jeopardy's Watson computer challenge. Sinker wraps up by detailing his coming out as the feed author and meeting Emanuel.
I loved this book! I'd expected to read a few dozen pages and then tire of the format, but while I wasn't looking it developed a whole story arc, and became a touching homage to Chicago. I had to detox from only five days of tweet-reading, vs. five months for those who followed it live. But like them, I'm so sad there's no more.
Note: The language is extraordinarily profane and vulgar ... and it faded completely to background after I'd read a couple hundred entries. I didn't sanitize it here but I did limit it.
- There's an index. Just. . .think about that for a second. Sinker indexes the tweets. Amazing.
- Sinker took the @replies out. I get that @MayorEmanuel mouthing off at some idiot or another is not part of the overall story, but those tweets were still part of what made @MayorEmanuel and were, I thought, an essential part of the character.
- If you were following the twitter when it was live, the static-ness of the text might be a bit weird for you. It took me a while to adjust to the presentation of tweets. They're also organized by storyline/date, which took some getting used to.
- There is commentary and annotations. It's great! I don't live and never have lived in Chicago, so Sinker's notes on the Chicago in-jokes were really helpful. I also enjoyed his stories behind some of the tweets and plotlines. HOWEVER. I'd have preferred footnotes. His commentary is placed directly underneath the tweet they refer to, which really breaks up the flow of the text/tweets. Anyone who followed @MayorEmanuel knows that when @MayorEmanuel gets going, he REALLY gets going. Much of the humor in his tweet rants is him just going off about someone or something for several tweets. Having commentary placed between tweets cut into the hilarity and took me out of the experience of that scene. As helpful and interesting as they are, I think that first time readers would suffer from having the placed commentary where it is. (Not that this will stop me from lending it out, no. Not at all.)
- There are long notes ('The Epilogue') at the end. These are legit. He talks about the creation of the twitter, the experience of running and maintaining the twitter, where inspiration came from, etc. I really enjoyed reading about his experience running the twitter, especially having followed the story as it unfolded real-time. The last part of The Epilogue made me emotional, not going to lie.
Overall, and despite the flaws in construction, this book is a good buy. It is totally worth the problems in presentation to have the story in chronological order with notes and commentary, to be able to lend out to friends who just Don't Get It, or just to have something to flip through when you need a alugh. The story is fabulous, hysterical, and a game-changer for all you fiction writers out there. When I finished reading the book, I was just about as heartbroken as I was when I received @MayorEmanuel's last tweet.
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