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Charles Yu is a Genius (user) in new fiction at Electric Literature
Charles Yu is a Genius (user) in new fiction at Electric Literature

Charles Yu is a fictional Genius. At Electric Literature, he has used the Genius annotation software to expand his story, "Hero Absorbs Major Damage." But he's not explaining where the story came from or adding authorial notes about edits -- he's using Genius to let another character contribute to the narrative, a cranky elf named Fjoork. The Genius tool started out as Rap Genius, the crowd-sourced annotation site for rap lyrics. But the vision was bigger, and it added artists' and producers' voices into the mix. Then it grew more, changing its vision "to annotate the world," shortening its name to just Genius and landing $40 million in...

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