Even if you aren’t one of the many addicted to Twitter—with its 140-character musings on sandwiches eaten, LeBron’s and/or Glenn Beck’s villainy and the meanings of life—we suggest you check out the inventive and groundbreaking @Wise_Kaplan, which is quietly expanding the boundaries of the social media platform and its possibilities for narrative storytelling.
The account is a fictional one, based (very) loosely on the lovably retro eccentricities of the real-life New York editor (Observer, Traveler) and writer Peter Kaplan. But you don’t need to know the real Kaplan to appreciate the wit and bizarre magic-realist antics contained in the tweets that has our hero running all over the country, fleeing from the law, tipping his hat to divorcées on Madison Avenue (“Whatta Town!”) and, over the past few days, trying to escape commitment to a mental hospital while chaperoning “ghost boys from 1901.” Written by two of Kaplan’s friends and former employees, Jim Windolf and Peter Stevenson, it is best read consecutively, to better appreciate the reoccurring comedic bits and cameos by the likes of Warren Beatty and Peter Bogdanovich. (And if you become a @Wise_Kaplan devotee, you may want to follow his louder, angrier, sex-crazed alter ego @CrankyKaplan, or the brand-new @Real_Kaplan as well.)
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