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Esquire Napkin Project

Looking at recent multimedia happenings today and found Esquire’s Napkin Fiction Project.

It’s ingenious.

Here is their take.

It’s an old story, we figured. Someone, in a bar somewhere, scribbling on a napkin in the failing afternoon light; the kind of story or list or note that might be crammed in a pocket and pulled out years later to tell something deep and forgotten — perhaps life’s most intimate first chapter, nearly lost forever. So we gave this spontaneous medium a shot. We put 250 napkins in the mail to writers from all over the country — some with a half dozen books to their name, others just finishing their first. In return, we got nearly a hundred stories. We present most of them here — from lush to spare, hilarious to terrifying.

Anyhow, spend a few minutes and check it out. I lost almost an hour reading, laughing constantly of course. (This is Esquire you know)

  1. Susan
    January 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    You know I had just been thinking about the napkin thing the other day in the context of today’s iPhone and Blackberries and other ways to take notes…it all used to start with a napkin….
    and sometimes continued onto a tablecloth….


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