Twitter, which enables the sharing of short, 140-character messages, has moved on from sharing small personal stories to sharing culture.
Last winter, there was a quasi-Shakespeare performance, The Twitter of the Shrew; then, a commission from London’s Royal Opera for fans to tweet the lyrics for twit-arias.
Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin, two University of Chicago students, have written Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less.
And then there is college professor Chindu Sreedharan, who is retelling the Mahabarata, an 18-volume, 8th century Hindu epic.
Maureen Evans works in an area that lends itself to short form: recipes.
A poet, Evans tells Linda Wertheimer that taking a recipe down to essentials is a bit like writing a poem.