Friday, November 6, 2009

No Time to Read the Classics? Try These 140-Character Synopses

No Time to Read the Classics? Try These 140-Character Synopses

Love it or hate it, social media is not only ubiquitous - it's here to stay. Some are disputing whether twitter is simply a fad - or whether the microblogging mechanism is supplanting e-mail. Probably, as with all issues having two sides, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Now we've got the literary classics boiled down to 140 characters. And you, too, can vote for your favorite entry in HuffPost's "Twittature Contest."

Here's my favorite, a summary of Nabokov's Lolita:
Erudite horndog marries a cougar so that he can get his hands on her hot underage daughter, who doesn't end up aging well. Kills a guy, too.

I'm actually of a mixed mind about this whole summary process. There's something really sad about reducing the greatest works of literature to 140 characters ... but, it's heartening to know there are still a few people out there who have read/are still reading the classics.

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