French City's Print-On-Demand Short Story Kiosks
In Grenoble, France, you can walk up to a little, screenless machine, press a button, and get a printed short story spat out into your hands.
The shortédition machines, a project sponsored by the city of Grenoble and French publisher Short Édition, are in 8 locations. Each machine has three buttons, and you can select a story length based on how much time you've got to kill: 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. Press the button of your choosing, and you'll get a slip of paper that's about the width of a receipt, but with content that's a lot more interesting than a list of purchases or coupons for tooth whitening products.
The idea came to the machine's creators while they watched people use a vending machine. I can't translate exactly how they phrased it as I'm not a French speaker, but their thought process amounts to something like "If these oafs are stuffing their faces with delicious chocolate whenever they've got a couple minutes to kill, why not also stuff their brains with delicious art as well?" Again, I think I nailed the sentiment, but not the exact words.
Would be pretty sweet to see in a subway station, no?
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