@Eshackleton: You can't just turn around and go right back, you know.
May 25, 2011 7:55 AM Subscribe
"Shackleton": The story Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage, told as a Twitter novel.
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Says author Peggy Nelson, "The fearless leader of the greatest anticlimax known to narrative, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) is today’s go-to superhero." You can follow the narrative on Twitter here
The site's home page
includes a wonderful audio file of Shackleton himself speaking.
And here's why Nelson chose Twitter
to tell the story:
Telling the story in tweets takes at most few minutes a day, for a number of months. Any fallen disbelief can be restrung in the hours in-between. And although each tweet is short, they accumulate, and in accumulation can combine to form complex characters — or almost unbelievable adventures.
While the Twitter adventure will blog Shackleton’s entire journey, it will not be only in his words. This is an historical fiction: I will quote him, but more often I will be imagining him, inventing internal dialogue to explore the explorer. In addition, the narrative will also be sampling observations from other explorers of the extremes, such as Werner Herzog and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and mixing in other contemporary materials and commentary.
By mapping the negative spaces of extremity, these and other depth explorers have all attempted to limn what it means to be human, by seeing how far we can — or should — go. Shackleton seeks to explore the lengths to which we will go to find meaning, wonder, or the fabled far edges of the earth.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should add that my interest in Shackleton was triggered by a question I posted in Ask Metafilter, trying to find a fitting moniker for my abandoned, frostbitten, ravaged survivorcat. Thanks to the generous profferings of many, many MeFites, he's now named Shackleton, and he defines "endurance."