Short Story Vending Machine

The French city of Grenoble installed vending machines in public spaces that dispenses short stories. With 1-minute, 3-minute and 5 minute buttons, these short story vending machine allow citizens to take advantage of those few minutes free time to read a little.

The government believes that it can encourage people to bring back the habit of reading as a past-time instead of poking on their phones all day.

Iconic Short Stories in the English Language (Emily Temple)

  • Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle” (1819) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820)
  • Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843)
  • Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” (1853)
  • Ambrose Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (1890)
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)
  • Henry James, “The Turn of the Screw” (1898)
  • Anton Chekhov, “The Lady with the Toy Dog” (1899)
  • W. W. Jacobs, “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902)
  • O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi” (1905)
  • James Joyce, “The Dead” (1914)
  • Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (1915)
  • Richard Connell, “The Most Dangerous Game” aka “The Hounds of Zaroff” (1924)
  • Ernest Hemingway, “The Killers” (1927)
  • Zora Neale Hurston, “The Gilded Six-Bits” (1933)
  • Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery” (1948)
  • J. D. Salinger, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (1948)
  • Ray Bradbury, “There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950)
  • Daphne du Maurier, “The Birds” (1952)
  • Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (1953)
  • Elmore Leonard, “Three-Ten to Yuma” (1953)
  • Philip K. Dick, “The Minority Report” (1956)
  • James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957)
  • Alan Sillitoe, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1959)
  • John Cheever, “The Swimmer” (1964)
  • Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (1966)
  • Toni Cade Bambara, “The Lesson” (1972)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (1973)
  • Donald Barthelme, “The School” (1974)
  • Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” (1978)
  • Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” (1981)
  • Stephen King, “The Body” (1982)
  • Amy Hempel, “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” (1983)
  • Lorrie Moore, “How to Be an Other Woman” (1985)
  • Mary Gaitskill, “Secretary” (1988)
  • Amy Tan, “Rules of the Game” (1989)
  • Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” (1990)
  • Denis Johnson, “Emergency” (1992)
  • Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain” (1997)
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, “A Temporary Matter” (1998)
  • Ted Chiang, “Story of Your Life” (1998)
  • Alice Munro, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (2001)
  • Kristen Roupenian, “Cat Person” (2017)

Further Suggestions By Emily Temple

  • Eudora Welty, “Why I Live at the P.O.” (1941)
  • Clarice Lispector, “The Imitation of the Rose” (1960)
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” (1969)
  • Ralph Ellison, “Cadillac Flambé” (1973)
  • Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild” (1984)
  • Bharati Mukherjee, “The Management of Grief” (1988)
  • John Edgar Wideman, “Fever” (1990)
  • Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (1991)
  • Christine Schutt, “To Have and to Hold” (1996)
  • ZZ Packer, “Brownies” (2003)
  • Edward P. Jones, “Marie” (2004)
  • Karen Russell, “Haunting Olivia” (2005)
  • Kelly Link, “Stone Animals” (2005)
  • Edwidge Danticat, “Ghosts” (2008)
  • Yiyun Li, “A Man Like Him” (2008)
  • Claire Vaye Watkins, “Ghosts, Cowboys” (2009)
  • Ottessa Moshfegh, “Bettering Myself” (2013)
  • Amelia Gray, “House Heart” (2013)
  • Zadie Smith, “Meet the President!” (2013)
  • Carmen Maria Machado, “The Husband Stitch” (2014)
  • Diane Cook, “The Way the End of Days Should Be” (2014)
  • Kirstin Valdez Quade, “Five Wounds” (2015)
  • NoViolet Bulawayo, “Shhhh” (2015)
  • Mariana Enriquez, “Spiderweb” (2016)
  • Ken Liu, “State Change” (2016)
  • Helen Oyeyemi, “Sorry Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” (2016)
  • Lesley Nneka Arimah, “What Is a Volcano?” (2017)
  • James McBride, “The Christmas Dance” (2017)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, “War Years” (2017)
  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, “Friday Black” (2018). . .

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