Pourquoi stories are fictional narratives explaining why something is the way it is; creating romantic and lyrical versions of moribund fact. Whether rooted in local folklore traditions – such as the German notion of baby-bearing storks and the Dreamtime creation stories of the Australian Aboriginals – or created by authors such as Rudyard Kipling in his Just So Stories, they are often fantastical, have imagination grabbing twists and are generally far better than the truth.
Such is the case with our Love of the Week, which, as pourquoi stories go, is a total joy. Forget the tedious assumption that grapes are shrivelled down to raisins: in this photograph by Minimiam – How Grapes Are Made – Loved by Neal from Present & Correct, the fantastic truth of their creation is revealed. Who knew they were in fact inflated by miniature workmen using tyre pumps? Hans Christian Anderson once said, “the world itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” It’s often hard to make out the fairy tale in a hard urban reality, but works like this make it that bit easier.
"Hans Christian Anderson once said, 'the world itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.'"
Pulling our brains out of the clouds, here Neal opens up about his favourite fantasy fiction, and get him to choose between grapes and raisins, with surprising results.
Why did you choose to Love this post?
I thought it was cute and clever, it made me smile.
Where did you find it?
I saw it in a Tumblr black hole and traced it back to the maker Minimiam.
Grapes or raisins?
Definitely raisins, grapes would be rubbish in a bar of Fruit & Nut.
Grapes or wine?
Definitely wine, grapes would be rubbish at getting you drunk.
What is your favourite myth or legend?
Anything by Judy Blume.
What are you looking forward to about August?
The Lille Braderie. Europe's biggest flea market. Joy!!
What was the last thing you bought?
Some really dreamy rulers.
Text By Tish Wrigley