Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Funny Money: A Short...Fiction?

This bill was given to me in change by James at the Antique Centre. Alternate readings of the encircling text:

AVA i enjoyed hangin with you. No matter what happened with that howling thing, we're so in love. Hopefully we can hang again soon. You're a wonderful person
- Nico "freako", Irwin

More prosaically:

AVA i enjoyed hangin with you. No matter what happened with that housing thing, we're square. Hopefully we can hang again soon. You're a wonderful person
- Nico "freako", Irwin

Hmmm, cause for thought...I mean, there's a whole category of short fiction which has not been explored.

Not to mention...maybe sometimes, money can buy happiness. At least, reading this bill made me happy.

14 comments:

Titus said...

Much prefer "that howling thing". Lon Chaney, Jr. the III finds love at last.

Inspiring too. I could really think around this one...

aleph said...

Made me happy too, this five dollars!

Shayna Prentice said...

Oh!!! Too wonderful!!! I mean, really wonderful!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Lol. I've never found anything that intersting written on money.

Cláudia said...

This is so much like what you have been doing lately with the books!

Books as "recipients" for lovely assemblages; dollar notes as writing paper. It's so nice to give things a new purpose, a new identity. It's kind of relieving, actually.

Yeah, very short and enigmatic fiction. An array of possible developments!

Steve said...

Abe just gives it that extra seal of approval.

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

My vote is for "howling" too. It gives the story a supernatural possibility, and reminds me of your werewolf altered photo drawing. Except for the modern slanginess of the text, of course.

ArtSparker said...

Steve, I like that Lincoln is so dignified with what can only be desribed as shennanigans going on around him. Kaetlyn, what makes the second reading dubious is the word "square" used as slang, which was probably current in the 1920s. Did it come back when I wasn't looking?

Celeste Bergin said...

ah....youth..they write on currency. against the law. so rebellious. lol.
that howling thing.... spats and making up --"we're good". Maybe the 5 was compensation for something. It is all fun to ponder.

Clowncar said...

I like the idea of this bill floating around the world, giving anyone who bothers to look a little story to tease out from it.

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

Susan,
yes, "square" has made a comeback in recent years. I've heard my college students overuse it rather delightfully.

ArtSparker said...

Kaetlyn- Wow. Everything comes back around, huh? Thank for clarifying, you're the bee's knees.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Did you know that here in Ireland it is illegal for anyone to write poetry on a Five euro note, unless they are a donkey. Which is ridiculous.What are the chances of a donkey having five euros and a pen?

Tomás Serrano said...

Great beginning for a story...