Writing is the journey; short-story vending machines

I’m not a big fan of corporations giving us reading material; it just seems a little condescending, like we can’t decide what to read ourselves. But – at the risk of sounding changeable – I loved the idea of the short-story vending machines undertaking trials in Grenoble. Run by the French organisation Short Edition, travellers can choose a 1, 3 or 5 minute story as they move about the city (17% of residents have used them). I love this kind of city project, because it allows anyone to submit a story, rather than providing a platform for established authors. It just seems very democratic, although I wonder if that will remain true if the founders wish is realised when he says, “imagine a distributor in every Starbucks”. Quite.

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One thought on “Writing is the journey; short-story vending machines

  1. Some of these short shorts are really riveting. There is a quality of freedom within the writer’s structure that hits the reader with soft and hard pulses of the human condition. I am excited about these short shorts and some are noir and I wonder what else. Freedom within structure is something to be able to accomplish. It requires mastery. Check out E. Michael Helms for MotiveMeansOpportunity. If you like a mixture of P.I. and mystery with the lyrical development of fiction and a je ne sais quoi (sorry French was not major) as well as an edgy, angry, unpredictable read this is it. Dinger is a word from sports and also has other meanings. This is a lot of fun.

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