I saw this pair of ant salt and pepper shakers and was reminded of the short story "A Few Things About Ants," by Jeffery Ford that Terri and I published in an issue of the Journal of Mythic Arts. When producing the story online I had a tough time figuring out how to get wandering ants -- much like the shakers -- integrated with the text on the page. I wound up pretty pleased with the effect once I got it sorted out. But mostly I went to the trouble because I loved Jeff's story -- quirky as hell -- a riff on childhood punctuated with ant moments. The whole piece is tinged with the fantastic like an aura of ant faces hovering over a family photo in a scrap book. Here's a bit that I really liked -- recalling the 1950's movie Them! about giant ants (thanks to exposure to radioactivity):
"Them! is still our favorite. Whitmore plays a highway cop and his portrayal almost rivals the acting job the ant turns in. But there's one spot in the movie where Whitmore's deputy says something to him, as the ant is approaching, along the lines of "Where did it come from?" and Whitmore's response is, "I don't care if it's from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey." Kind of a strange locale to refer to, no? Especially considering the film is set in the southwest near where they'd test atom bombs in the 50s. But more than a decade after those late nights watching Them!, I would meet and marry a girl from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. There are more things in heaven and earth. . .my friend."