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Saturday, June 20, 2009
3:AM Magazine » Better Things
I found Andrea Kneeland's flash, Better Things, pretty much at random. I read it. There's a lot here.
People often talk about how there's "so much going on" in flash. How did you pack so much into such a small space? They often ask.
The beauty of flash is that there is so much going on in such a small space. But it's a contained space and there is great focus on a single thing from which emanates a million different things. Stefanie Freele's Sisters does this. In Freele's micro masterpiece, we have two sisters in two different places communicating over the telephone. Simple. Elegant. But there's so much tension that it nearly tears you apart.
Here we are shown a bunch of different things: bloody van, burrito workers, and a relationship possibly in trouble. There's the coworkers finances and the confusion they cause in a relationship which is given no other context for conflict. There's a lot going on here.
But none of it seems to go anywhere.
There is a lot to like, however. I think there are some neat characters here and the scenario is creative and interesting. I'm glad I read this and that I got to peek in on these people. But, I didn't get a flash moment. No one thing seemed to resonate, but there were a lot of little things lying around which could have been woven into something larger, or concentrated for a flash. Or perhaps those were stray twigs (see illustration, above.) I'm not really sure.
Again, please comment if you agree, disagree, or are curious about where to find a killer burrito in Portland.