11/09/2012 12:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stop-Motion Literature

Consider this a warning: Reading Sam Pink will make you a danger to society. The voice in his novel Rontel, now excerpted for free at Recommended Reading, is invasive. It will burrow its way deep into your brain and then echo through your gray matter. And seeing Sam Pink's words come to life in a brand new animation by Brandon Ray brings this danger to a new medium.

Using construction paper and stop-motion animation, Ray has created a haunting and heartbreaking animation for Electric Literature's Single Sentence Animation series.

Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations; writers published by Electric Literature select a favorite sentence from his or her work and an animator creates a short film inspired by their words. The animations bring literature to a new medium, exposing new audiences to fiction they may not have otherwise encountered.

For Rontel, Sam Pink selected the following sentence: "And I realized that part of my problem was I visibly resembled an adult." Watch the animation below, and read the excerpt (the novel will be released by Lazy Fascist Press and Electric Literature on Valentine's Day 2013) at Recommended Reading.