With this gift idea, you may not become the coolest aunt, neighbor or parent of the hipster teens in your life, but how can you compare the cool factor for you, if you can reach out and have them read one flawless short story every month?
If you’re not familiar with One Story , well you are now. This not-for-profit organization publishes one amazing story every month, and for the aspiring writers out there, start writing and submit your story.
In the literary world, One Story has earned unparalleled accolades. This year, they’ve launched a One Story for teens called One Teen Story ,read editor Pei-ling Lue’s Washington Post’s interview here .
They have tagged acclaimed writers Gayle Forman, Aimee Bender, and Gregory Maguire to write about the teen experience. I’m not ashamed to admit that I read young adult novels; it somehow makes me feel a deep connection to the current generation. And it is also comforting to know that they still go through the same emotional turmoil as my generation did, well, except they text, tweet, facebook and are glued to their smartphones. Wouldn’t it be lovely for them to un-connect for an hour a month, to sink into a world of words and swim across a story?
If you know me, I’m a huge fan of e-books, but sometimes after an eyes-bleeding day spent in front of my spreadsheets, I grab an issue of One Teen Story before I hop on the subway. They have attractive cover designs and are the perfect size to fit into my bags. Its weightlessness leads me to caress the paper as I turn the pages and rest my eyes.
This is probably the only time I wished I knew more teens; I would send them subscriptions for a year and they would have one story a month to escape to and think of me. I’m renewing my own subscription when it ends as a selfish gift to myself.