The Devil and Ernest Hemingway

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The Devil and Ernest Hemingway

Post by ROU Killing Time » Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:07 am

Ernest sat with Beelzebub in his favorite haunt, drinking into the evening and discussing story formation at is essence.

What could be trimmed away as unnecessary and still leave a complete piece?

Lucifer maintained 1000 words would be required while Ernest steadfastly argued that 100 words would be expansive.

He could do it himself in only six words.

"If I prove it, you pay the bartab, otherwise?" he glanced knowingly downward.

He scrawled out a sentence and passed it to Satan who frowned as a tear welled at the corner of his infernal eye.

"For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Used."

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Author's note:
In a similiar discussion with a real person, Ernest Hemingway did in fact proffer this solution to the "Shortest Possible Story." and later cited it as the finest piece of writing he had ever created.

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Post by strawman » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:21 pm

I understand. Sometimes it was hard to get my kids to wear shoes too.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:42 pm

strawman wrote:I understand. Sometimes it was hard to get my kids to wear shoes too.
Therein lies the beauty of those six words which filled in an entire story in your head by triggering a cascade of meaning and events as they relate to your particular life experience.

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Post by strawman » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:29 am

I was hoping to influence the thread in that direction, by dangling my post as bait in front of the strange DC lifeforms.
Okay, some babies prefer bare feet. What else?
Never judge anyone until you have biopsied their brain.

"Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."
Known Some Call Is Air Am
Spoiler:
Non sum qualis eram = "I am not who I will be"

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:38 am

The baby was born with fewer feet than anticipated.
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Post by Phenopath » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:35 am

They were the wrong colour!!!

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Post by ROU Killing Time » Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:42 am

Completely unrelated to the shoes, the tear in Lucifer's eye clearly was the result of his contemplation of the size of the bartab. (Not that I have any more inside information than any of the rest of you, that's just my gut instinct...)

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