Thursday, February 28, 2008
Brevity - lesson from the master
Nice column in latest New Yorker. It details a book of autobiographies: 'Not Quite What I Was Planning'. The wrinkle? Each is six words or less.
The column's form comes from function. Sentences are six words or under. (I'm slavishly imitating it here.)
It cites a famous Hemingway story:
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn"
A little schmaltzy, but what economy.