Dene Grigar’s “The 24-Hr. Micro-Elit Project” (2009) and Annie Grosshan’s The World Is Not Done Yet V2.0 (2020) were both accepted for the Electronic Literature Organization’s Electronic Literature Collection (ELC) Volume 4, forthcoming in December 2021. The ELC is an anthology of works published every five years by the organization. As such, it provides “a mirror of a specific moment in time occurring across continents, languages, and platforms during the second decade of the twenty-first century” (“About,” ELC 3). The former was authored by the Director of the lab, while the latter is one recently preserved by members of the ELL Team.
Grigar’s work is a collection of 24 works of micro-fiction she published on Twitter each hour (starting at 12:01 a.m.) on August 21, 2009. It experiments with microfiction, a genre of literature that generally entails narratives of only 300-1000 words. Grigar was inspired to undertake the project by Richard Brautigan’s pithy “The Scarlatti Tilt,” a story of only 34 words that captures the stresses of life in California in the early 1970s; hers, however, centers around the hectic and fast lifestyle of Dallas, TX in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Each of her stories tweeted on Twitter is limited to the 140-characters as allowed by that social network in 2009. The stories were collected on an archival site and exhibited at the ELO’s 2010 Media Art Show sponsored by Brown University at the ELO-AI Gallery in Providence, RI. The site can be found at http://www.nouspace.net/dene/24hr/24-Hr._Micro-Elit_Project/Home.html.