18. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Melody H

420 Characters by Lou Beach, 169 pages, read by Melody, on 02/16/2012

420 characters is the maximum length of a Facebook post and the inspiration of this quirky little book.  The author, Lou Beach, is a magazine illustrator and gallery artist who became disillusioned with how pedestrian Facebook entries were and decided to see what he could do with 420 characters.  His results are mixed.  Some of his stories are evocative and moving.  Some feel unfinished and rushed.  The best have the feel of haiku, a complete emotion or image in a sparse form.  Having been inspired, I tried my hand at the 420 limit and it is incredibly difficult.  420 Characters is an interesting exercise.

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