I admire (but don’t usually practice) the “vigorous” brevity of language prescribed by Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. Still, I was tickled to see that Wired magazine had coerced (or otherwise convinced) dozens of my favorite writers to compose six-word stories.

The premise for this was that Hemingway had once written a story in six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”) and called it his best work. No disrespect to Hemingway, but I think that my personal favorite out of this bunch, Margaret Atwood’s (“Longed for him. Got him. Shit!”) is far superior.

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