The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @Mayoremanuel (Paperback)
Scribner Book Company, 9781451655148, 238pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
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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Praise For The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @Mayoremanuel…
"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