Jun 28, 2011

Bantam Beasts

 Mark Twain once said "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I've written a long one instead." Mr. Twain and I should have been pen pals. The art of keeping it short is not generally my forte. See? I just said in eleven words what I could have said in two: I ramble. Maybe that's why I'm so impressed by Bantam Beasts' "terribly tiny tales on things."

Bantam Beasts is the brainchild of Cork-based Rhona Flynn and Lisa Falzon, two writers who share an obsession with microfiction and twisted punchlines. I'm totally taken with their short-and-not-always-sweet fiction—
"Do you recall dear when we made love so fiercely it melted not only our igloo but the snow beneath it and we descended slowly past the skeletons of polar bears and humpback whales to earth's very core? You climbed out fairly easily, but I confess I'm still down there." 
"Darling I would like to split your head open. So as to read the serial number on the back of your eyeball. So I can order more of you. Lots more. So the minutes with you would stop feeling so precious. So the supply would at last exceed the demand.
"I've two single tickets to outer space—but don't get too excited. I'm taking the dog and leaving you here."

—and I love how they made their carefully crafted words even more accessible by making them wearable; you can buy pocket mirrors, necklaces, brooches, and even pillows from their Etsy shop and carry one of their beasts (that's what they call their stories) in your pocket, handbag, or around your neck. I'd love a line of Bantam Beasts stationery, too.

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OK, so I didn't see this when I said about Etsy and the tea cosies! (above.) Love these too!

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