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The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @Mayoremanuelby Dan Sinker
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In the lead-up to the most recent Chicago mayoral election, Sinker (founding editor of the magazine Punk Planet) started a parody Twitter account under the name @MayorEmanuel, offering a foul-mouthed play by play written from the perspective of Rahm Emanuel, mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff. What started as a joke took on a life of its own after the account gained thousands of followers. The real Emanuel even admitted to being a fan, and offered a charitable donation to the author if he came forward. Sinker deftly shapes what could have been a series of unrelated obscenities into a narrative with a distinct arc, offering political commentary, science fiction, and character studies that explore Twitter's capabilities for communication and storytelling. Here, he presents his entire @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed, along with comments and context for the tweets that would puzzle non-Chicagoans. Readers who can get past the liberal f-bombs will find themselves laughing until they cry. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Dan Sinker is an Assistant Professor at Columbia College in Chicago. He has his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a John S. Knight Fellow 2007-08 at Stanford University. A writer, designer, and programmer, Sinker is the founder and developer of the local election tracker ChicagoMayoralScorecard.com and the mobile storytelling project CellStories.net, and the founding editor of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet, which published from 1994 to 2007. Sinker is also a graphic designer whose design for Joe Meno's Hairstyles of the Damned was named one of the 25 "new classic" book covers of the last 25 years by Entertainment Weekly, and blogs about media for the Huffington Post. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son. He retired his beaten-up 1994 Honda Civic , the inspiration for David Axelrod’s in the @MayorEmanuel saga, in 2005.
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