Kurt Vonnegut's perennial 1961 story "Harrison Bergeron"
has been given a new film adaptation
Real time Dracula
"Experience Bram Stoker's Dracula in a new way -- in real time. Dracula is an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of letters or diary entries,)
" Whitney Sorrow is posting each entry in real time starting on May 3rd
the date of the first diary entry. [via]
The Giving Tree
(1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein's 1964 children's story and narrated by the author. [more inside]
The Invasion From Outer Space:
Steven Millhauser gives The New Yorker
a short, unsettling sci-fi story.
Make this Christmas special. Spend it in Ralphie's house
! Bunny suit and Lifebuoy soap included. For an extra fee, the owner will convince you to lick a metal pole and then shoot your eye out. [more inside]
Boy meets girl, you know how it goes. The catch? They're made from Myriad Pro. This short TED talk
by someone called Rives was cute, and whimsical enough to make me smile. [more inside]
"Political content aside, the discussion provided a lovely example of how a term from literary theory has established itself in American political discourse." via Language Log
"We may expect the following. Language will be carefully crafted. Advertisements will focus on personal narratives. The campaign will employ “attack” advertisements that emotionally sway voters. Policy will be sketchy with vague descriptions that emotionally satisfy Americans while offering scant details. The emphasis will be on creating narratives that resonate with the values, beliefs, and identities of prospective voters."
– Literary Gulag, on Lakoff, Nunberg, Westen, and the narrative of the 2008 presidential election. [more inside]
Daniel Keys' classic 1959 Science Fiction story "Flowers for Algernon", which takes place in a series of diary entries, has been posted online as a blog
. Of course, you'll need to read it backwards, from the earliest entry to the latest
, to avoid giving away the ending... [via
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]
How have you been burned
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]
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]
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?)
The 21 Steps
is a spy thriller short story that is told using Google Maps. [via mefi projects]
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]
"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]
- a Japanese airman in World War II, was captured and sent to a prison camp in the Ukraine. He tells his story with drawings.
You should read these three stories
by Amy Hempel
. (Oh, and maybe listen to her read, here
.) While you're at it, read some of these idiosyncratic but beautifully-written stories
by grammarian Gary Lutz
is a short story by the late Kurt Vonnegut (so it goes)
from 1962, brought to you now by Project Gutenberg.
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?
are extremely short stories (a maximum of 1024 characters). Other writers swoop in and write prequels and sequels to your ficlet, making interesting branching narratives
a la Create Your Own Adventure.
sends out 250 napkins to writers across America - from prolific novelists to those finishing off first works. Nearly a hundred respond back
- from sex
to twisted liaisons
, even a mini book
and plans for murder
"Good People": A new short story by David Foster Wallace.
New to Wallace? Like "Good People"? Read "Incarnations of Burned Children"
, a story with a similar sense of tension and dread. Want more? Okay.
Tell a story in 5 frames
is a Flickr "group" and nothing more. Not every folksonomy
succeeds as well as this one. "ride of your life
" is a classic.
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.
The Girl of Your Dreams. "Jesus had a dream girl. Jesus had a girl that He wanted to marry for several thousand years. But she treated him like shit."
Alexei Sayle's writing for the Independent
in the Motoring section. Occasionally it's about motoring, too! Also found was his "Imitating Katherine Walker" [html
] and an excerpt from his book of short stories 'Barcelona Plates'. more inside
If Hemingway wrote A Visit from St. Nick.
By Thurber, published all the way back in 1927.
The True Story of Audion
This was surprisingly interesting and funny.
CRAZIEST = 311 points
Scrabble can seriously affect your mental health. [Flash]
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
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.
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
The Horror of Blimps.
This is just a short ROTFL funny story about a toy blimp gone bad. Brightened my day, anyway. (Thanks, Ken.)
"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 >>>
"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]
Nims winter story
is a beautiful, if unseasonal, Swedish animation. May not be too clever on dial up.
A puzzle-story in 12 weekly installments.