Electric Literature’s single-sentence animations: videopoems for fiction
Electric Literature is a magazine of short stories available — for a price — in multiple forms: eBook, Kindle, iPhone, audio, and print-on-demand. They also have a flourishing video section which complements the magazine in a unique and delightful manner: they get top animators to illustrate single sentences from short stories they’ve published. Thus the films function as video trailers for the magazine, but are also inventive and satisfying in their own right. And I think they prove one of my central contentions: that sufficiently artful prose is indistinguishable from poetry. Here are a few of my favorites.