Short story slot machine shines in France

Gambling on a good short story? It's free in France! (Photo credit: n3lson/freeimages.com)

Gambling on a good short story? It’s free in France! (Photo credit: n3lson/freeimages.com)

CBS Sunday Morning never fails to amuse me. When they air something from David Turecamo, he’s identified as “Our Man in Paris.”

I keep wanting to see a tuxedo-wearing sidekick for James Bond, not a reporter.

However, Turecamo deserves applause for his recent report, “Dispensing with Words.” A town in France has installed vending machines. People waiting in line can choose a short story that takes only one, three or five minutes to read. All for free!

Here is the website of “Short Edition.” The Google-translation of French to English is a thrill ride in itself. I did glean that San Francisco seems to have the first story dispenser in America.

The website promise seems to translate “Everything Reads in 20 Minutes or Less.”

Less is more? That might work for writers in any country.

 

 

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