Last week the literary journal Electric Literature released a single sentence animation for Rick Moody‘s short story, “Some Contemporary Characters.” You can watch the animation in the video embedded above.

The short video was created by artist Adam Thompson, using a few simple lines to sketch the story. it provides a simple lesson for book trailer makers: keep it simple.

Here’s more about the collaborators: “Thompson’s spare, elegant interpretation of a line from , available in Electric Literature No.3. More of Adam Thompson’s work can be seen at [this site.] Musician Jeremy Mendicino‘s band, Pretty and Nice, can be found at [this site]. Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations. The writer selects a favorite sentence from his or her work and the animator creates a short film in response.”