April 6, 2009
Site-Specific Short Stories
Over at BLDGBLOG, Nicola Twilley writes about a set of short stories just commissioned for the Royal Parks in London. How completely cool: Imagine reading a short story set in a park while walking through it. If I was writing one I’d do the scenes such that you could actually walk the story as you read it — my characters and your feet keeping pace. They’re in the Botanical Gardens. You’re in the Botanical Gardens. Walk faster! Read slower!
Better yet if this kind of work isn’t commissioned, of course; ideally, you want your site-specific fiction to be organic, to exist entirely because of the irresistible pull of a place on some writerly mind.
But, I’ll take work-for-hire in a pinch.