BUT IS IT LIT? is the Triangle’s way of reviewing non-standard texts. We find—or one of our friends, neighbors, or literary comrades finds—something interesting that can be read as literature. Someone reviews it, sends it, we post it, and the age-old conversation continues: what is lit? Today’s review comes from our good friend Michelle.
Over the years, I’ve come across many pieces of US currency with interesting doodles and scribbles. I began photographing the money this year to keep track, because I continually spent it before finding any meaning in the writing.
For the majority of my life, I was under the impression that writing on money was a crime. This was probably the work of the same teacher who told the class that lightning would strike us dead if we lied in front of the lord. Obviously I’d be dead now if that were true, Sister Mary! While it is illegal to fraudulently alter a bill to increase its value, or deface it so thoroughly that it must be removed from circulation, the scribbles I’ve found are just frowned upon—some more heavily than others, I’m sure.
Obviously, these are lit in the best way. The messages, cryptic and fascinating, travel between hands and stores, seen by hundreds of people if not more. An interesting project lies in which messages are actually seen as more than random. Here’s to writing in whichever form moves you!