Crafting Literature Out of GIFs

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When a moving image is shorn from one of these videos…we are left with something that feels a little bit “real,” a little bit “fictional,” and a little bit neither.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is a GIF worth? As the GIF is rapidly becoming a dominant currency of cultural icons and memes, Dennis Cooper is turning GIFs into fiction. The New Yorker has the story.


Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →