These Literary Vending Machines Serve Up Short Stories


Dispensers cost $9,200, with an additional $190 monthly fee for content and software.
Dispensers cost $9,200, with an additional $190 monthly fee for content and software.

In Grenoble, France, the short story addict doesn’t have to go far to get their fix. Across the seven square miles of the central city, 14 orange-and-black machines are dotted like Easter eggs in train stations, municipal buildings, and even the local museum. At the push of a button, each one will unspool a little piece of literature, printed on a long strip of paper, like a grocery store receipt. You can select for length—one, three, or five minutes—but precisely what you’ll be served up is in the hands of the gods. These…

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