Jerry Clower (Wikipedia article
) started telling his funny stories to boost sales when he was a seed and fertilizer salesman. He went on to become a successful comedian and Grand Ole Opry star. [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O
on Aug 7, 2008 -
Kajima's floor-by-floor slow demolition is one of those rare things in life that leaves you truly speechless....After all, seeing the video of a 20-floor building submerging into the asphalt as if it was liquid is something that belongs to a sci-fi movie. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias
on Jul 15, 2008 -
In 1974 - or 1976, depending who you ask - Armistead Maupin
began writing "an extended love letter to a magical San Francisco” in the form of a serialized, fictional drama published originally in the Pacific Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner, originally called "The Serial"
which then became collectively known as Tales of The City
It is a suprisingly beautiful, deep, emotional, cosmopolitan and lasting
tale about life in San Francisco in the turbulent, heady days of the 1970s and 1980s. Widely credited with and cherished for helping spread a little of the openess, tolerance and acceptance that San Francisco is now famous for
. It then became a series of books - Tales of the City
, More Tales of the City
, Further Tales of the City
, Significant Others
, Sure of You
- and lastly, the spin-off tale of Michael Tolliver Lives
. Almost exactly twenty years after first publishing, it then became an excellent miniseries
from the United Kingdom's Channel 4, which aired in the United States on PBS
, but not without protest or limitations
. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 4, 2008 -
Over 2000 classic tales and fables
including Aesop's Fables
, Bulfinch's Mythology
, Indian "Why" Stories
, tales by Oscar Wilde
, Beatrix Potter
, Rudyard Kipling
, Louisa May Alcott
, L. Frank Baum
and Harriet Beecher Stowe
and stories about Abraham Lincoln
, Robin Hood
and Baron Munchausen
. And more! The folk and fairytale collection is particularly rich
, with hundreds of stories from all over the world.
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 1, 2008 -
Best Story Ever
is a series of clips featuring various celebrities -- Henry Rollins
, Lewis Black
, Dee Snider
, Chuck D
, Ron Jeremy
, Bret "The Hitman" Hart
, and many more -- telling their best stories. Some are lame, some are funny. But hey, what's your best story ever? (It can't be lamer than Alan Thicke's, can it?)
posted by cog_nate
on Mar 31, 2008 -
Canal Zone Images
is a collection of stories and images about the Panama Canal Zone. Did you know that the construction workers were paid in gold and silver
('spiggoty' dollars)? "Paper money was not used on the pay car at all. In the first place, there was always a danger of its blowing away, and in the second place paper money in the hands of negro workmen soon assumed a most unsanitary condition." [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Feb 25, 2008 -
"I'll bet you that video games will never become a significant form of cultural discourse the way that novels and film have. I'll bet you that fifty years from now they'll be just as mature and well-respected as comic books are today," posits game designer Steve Gaynor. Responses and rebuttals
. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel
on Feb 19, 2008 -
- a Japanese airman in World War II, was captured and sent to a prison camp in the Ukraine. He tells his story with drawings.
posted by tellurian
on Feb 5, 2008 -
is a short story by the late Kurt Vonnegut (so it goes)
from 1962, brought to you now by Project Gutenberg.
posted by buriednexttoyou
on May 4, 2007 -
Imagine the possibilities of an interactive web, but before Flash, before Java, before video plugins, before anything but text and graphics (and graphics take up so much
came out of this era, and over the years there have been quite a few
(not all paths SFW) incarnations of the concept. You can even roll your own
with open source. Can you find your old stories?
posted by mazatec
on Mar 21, 2007 -
Sita Sings the Blues
is a feature film (in progress) combining the ancient Indian epic Ramayana
, the 1920's blues vocals of Annette Hanshaw
, and classically informed but modern animation. The animator wanted to envision what the Ramayana would look like told through the eyes of its much loved and much maligned female character, Sita
. This is not the first time the Ramayana has been retold from Sita's perspective, Sanctuary
, a play by Hema Ramakrishna
is a feminist reinterpretation that has garnered a lot of controversy. Retelling the Ramayana is part of the tradition.
posted by arcticwoman
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Two Years Before the Mast.
"In the following pages I design to give an accurate and authentic narrative of a little more than two years spent as a common sailor,before the mast, in the American merchant service. It is written out from a journal which I kept at the time, and from notes which I made of most of the events as they happened." At the beginning of his third year of Harvard a severe attack of measles interrupted Henry Dana's studies,
and so affected his eyes as to preclude, for a time at least, all idea of study. The state of the family finances was not such as to permit of foreign travel in search of health. Accordingly, prompted by necessity and by a youthful love of adventure, he shipped as a common sailor in the brig, bound for the California coast
posted by weston
on Sep 14, 2004 -
is a collection of short stories. Very short stories, written under a strict length constraint. It's a perfect way to get your daily dose of weird, funny, thought-provoking fiction.
posted by wanderingmind
on Jul 8, 2004 -
Warning: this is possibly the worst story ever told.
Ever wanted to know what it's like to have a beef tapeworm
? (Fun fact: they're the kind that fills your whole intestinal tract!) A storyteller on The Fray
helpfully clues us in to the experience of living with, and eventually destroying, his li'l parasite buddy. Don't read it if you don't want to wish for death at the end. (Blessedly, there are no photographs, though there are some toon-like illustrations.) Via Boing Boing
posted by logovisual
on May 7, 2004 -
"A wicked noblewoman presides over a decadent court of masked revelers. The most beautiful of waxen automatons is brought to life by a sorceress, her very heart hiding a deadly secret. And then love triumphs, if but for a single moment, before a sudden and terrifying finale. This is the bizarre world of The Princess of Wax".
Limned by descriptors such as "sinister", "ravishing" and "decadent", illustrated by a noted French surrealist painter
, and inspired by a real-life fantastical figure
, "The Princess of Wax - a Cruel Tale" (web site here
), promises to be a satisfyingly twisted modern addition to the cherished fairy tale genre. More >>>
posted by taz
on Sep 15, 2003 -
"At the center of the universe is a horribly wounded angel.
It is nothing anyone would call conscious, and is only in the barest, barest sense of the word still alive. If anything resembling awareness remains, that awareness consists of nothing but an infinite field of gridded black and white squares, a test pattern scattered with dancing dots that shift and jump and blur into one another.
This test pattern is useful. "
This piece of fiction, which appears on kuro5hin
, evokes echoes of Douglas Hoftsadter
(Godel, Escher, Bach
) and Nancy Willard (Things Invisible To See
, Sister Water
, and lots of children's books
) simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by weston
on Sep 13, 2003 -
Young-hae Chang's latest, Operation Nukorea
, is shattering, unflinching, and beautifully executed. It's a little tale about consequences, and what happens downstream from decisions not sufficiently considered.
It probably would have brought tears to my eyes even if I did not have family in Seoul. Watch it through to the end.
posted by adamgreenfield
on Apr 18, 2003 -
Ever wanted to be an author
but didn't know how to start? Here's your chance - a story already underway and waiting for you to add your contribution. [more inside]
posted by dg
on Sep 18, 2002 -
A friend of mine has started posting a [true] story
on ThemeStream. Interesting reading (if somewhat smutty and violent).
Plus, ThemeStream's royalty rate goes down soon, so read them now and help him suck even more VC money :)
posted by faisal
on Sep 14, 2000 -