See you later, smartphones; welcome back, good old-fashioned reading. Grenoble, the charming capital of the French Alps, is often— falsely — discussed in the French media for its crime rates. Today, culture is back on the main stage.
The idea is to make waiting around in public places pass a little quicker with… short story dispensers. While it it customary these days to zone out staring at our smartphones while we wait for something, the Grenoble town council aims for its inhabitants to instead take advantage of these moments and, to bring back a bit of culture we’ve lost in the technological revolution.
“The idea came to us in front of a vending machine containing chocolate bars and drinks.
We said to ourselves that we could do the same thing with good quality popular literature to occupy these little unproductive moments.”