Like Hiaku, Only Much Longer
420 Characters is a book of stories (limited to 420 characters each, including spaces and punctuation) by illustrator Lou Beach.
“I started out filling in the ‘status update’ box on Facebook with
short fiction musings rather than the usual b.s. last year,” Beach told
me. “Turned out people liked them and I liked the challenge of creating a
new story each day.” Since posting a 420Characters fan page on Facebook the other day, he has gotten over 400 fans! “I interested my famous friends in doing readings (here)
and some established writers for blurbs and voila!, handsome little
site for the wee tales. I’ve got several hundred stories which I’ll
switch out on the site regularly and more audio as well. I keep writing,
hoping someone will extend a check.”

Here’s one of the stories:

THE PRISONER OF NOISE stood before the bathroom sink,
fingers in his ears, head down, mouth wide open, willing the sounds in
his head to spill into the basin – the yelps and booms, screeches,
screams and howls, crashes and groans, explosions and roars and babel
and bangs. What if they formed a hairball of din, clogged the sink,
scared the children when they came in at night to pee? He closed his
mouth, went back to bed.
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.