Whatever floats your boat...
Félix Fénéon was a terrorist and an art critic over a hundred years ago. For a few years he wrote several short news items every day for a French newspaper. They are characterized by humor, detachment, deadpan horror, and mystery.
I've never read anything else like them.
I tried, at one point, to think of a way to use them in a video collaboration. My general thought was to introduce randomness--you pick your 'novel' out of some kind of virtual hat or someone else picks it for you and then you create some sort of video accompaniment.
I think it would be against the Fénéon spirit to insist that you match your imagery specifically to the story. Unless you wanted to.
Fénéon's contemporaries thought he looked very American.
Anyway, I don't think I'm going to do anything with this project for a long while but here is a sampling of the Three Line Novels:
A dishwasher from Nancy, Vital Frérotte, who had just come back from Lourdes cured forever of tuberculosis, died Sunday by mistake.
A complaint was sworn by the Persian physician Djal Khan against a compatriot who had stolen from him a tiara.
Scratching himself with a revolver with an overly sensitive trigger, M. Eduard B. removed the tip of his nose in the Vivienne precinct house.
The sinister prowler seen by the mechanic Gicquel near Herblay train station has been identified: Jules Ménard, snail collector.
Formerly the magistrates of Toulon enjoyed interrogating Jeanne Renée about espionage, but nowadays the subject is opium.
“I could have done worse!” exultantly cried the murderer Lebret, sentenced at Rouen to hard labor for life.
Because his piety had become overly ardent, the mayor of Saint-Gervaise, Gironde, was brought before the court. He was relieved of his duties.
Sixty-year-old M. Bone, of Andigné, Sarthe, had, when drunk, so badly beaten his maid that he was to be arrested. Irked, he hanged himself.
An identified maker of paste jewels from the third arrondissement was fishing in a boat with his wife at Mézy. She fell. He dived. Both gone.