BART Distributing Short Stories For Free At Three Stations

April 7, 2021 14:00 pm · 15 comments

Looking for something to read on BART?

The transit agency has installed dispensers at the Richmond, Fruitvale and Pleasant Hill stations that spit out short stories for free. It’s part of a partnership with Short Edition, the company that makes the dispensers and puts together the short stories.

The kiosks are like vending machines for creative writing, dispensing stories on eco-friendly recyclable, receipt-like paper. They’re touchless; you just hover your finger over the button to get your story. The stories take less than 5 minutes to read.

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is a fan of the dispensers. The first one in the United States was at his Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco’s North Beach.

“I read about it and thought it was a wonderful idea,” Coppola told BART. “Art dispensed by machine, and for free.”

BART will also create opportunities for local writers to have their work featured in the dispensers.

Damien S. April 7, 2021 at 2:11 PM

Oh great, more “free” (taxpayer funded) Communist propaganda. Open your eyes people, look at what the liberal Marxist democrat party is doing with YOUR money

Badge1104 April 7, 2021 at 2:13 PM

Again?….. They’ll do anything to keep our minds off of the homeless, tramps and thieves squatting on the trains without paying a fare I’m sure.

Tsa April 7, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Sorry, but nothing is ever free – Econ 101

Schmee April 7, 2021 at 3:28 PM

When Coppola starts giving away free wine on Bart then let me know

Tomato Girl April 7, 2021 at 3:52 PM


Dawg April 7, 2021 at 3:56 PM

More stuff to litter the trains and stations. On the bright side, it might make some folks take their eyes away from their phones for a few minutes.

The Wizard April 7, 2021 at 4:01 PM

And everybody lives happy ever after. How warm and fuzzy.

Thunderdome April 7, 2021 at 4:36 PM

What happened to “Beware of your surroundings”?

Antonius April 7, 2021 at 4:46 PM

Are the stories “Woke” and “Cancel Culture” approved ??🙄

PH_Dad April 7, 2021 at 4:46 PM

Waiting to see homeless people swearing and punching the button multiple times because they can’t figure out how the three shells thing works…

Stallone joke…

remember April 7, 2021 at 5:40 PM

any stories on:

why do the tickets cost so much mommy?
mommy why does that person smell so bad?
mommy how did are car getting stolen with all these bart cops standing around?
why do the bart cars smell like urine?

Tomato Girl April 8, 2021 at 6:24 AM

Don’t forget about why the train smells like skunk 🦨

remember April 8, 2021 at 11:35 AM

mommy why are those two laughing and giggling so much while they are smoking?

@TG 😉

Fred April 7, 2021 at 7:01 PM

The kiosks “spit out” short stories for free…

Along with the urine and feces….

Don’t worry about being aware of your surroundings…

Wesley Mouch April 8, 2021 at 9:47 AM

The stories will be amazing! The Ministry of Truth will ensure it.

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