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ALL ABOUT EY – MUSINGS ABOUT
                     ALL ABOUT EY – MUSINGS ABOUT
                     ALL ABOUT EY – MUSINGS ABOUT
                    LITERATURE, THE SHORT STORY AND
                    LITERATURE, THE SHORT STORY AND
                    LITERATURE, THE SHORT STORY AND
                     THE CURRENT STATE OF LITERARY
                     THE CURRENT STATE OF LITERARY
                     THE CURRENT STATE OF LITERARY
                                 AFFAIRS
                                 AFFAIRS
                                  AFFAIRS

                         You                     may                      find                     in
                         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale:_baby_shoes,_never_wor
                         n, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” is the entirety of what
                         has been described as a six-word story, making it an extreme
                         example  of  what  is  called  flash  fiction  or  sudden  fiction.
                         Although it is often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, the link
                         to him is unsubstantiated and similar stories predate him. The
                         claim     of    Hemingway’s        authorship       originates     in    an
                         unsubstantiated  anecdote  about  a  wager  between  him  and
                         other  writers.  In  a  1992  letter  to  Canadian  humorist  John
                         Robert  Colombo,  science  fiction  writer  Arthur  C.  Clarke
                         recounts  it  thus:  While  lunching  with  friends  at  a  restaurant
                         (variously  identified  as  Luchow’s  or  The  Algonquin),
                         Hemingway bets the table ten dollars each that he can craft an
                         entire  story  in  six  words.  After  the  pot  is  assembled,
                         Hemingway  writes  “For  sale:  baby  shoes,  never  worn”  on  a
                         napkin, passes this around the table, and collects his winnings.



                         With  reference  to  https://rcgale.com/2012/05/02/the-worlds-
                         shortest-short-story-is-only-8-words-long-titled-el-dinosaurio,
                         Augusto  Monterroso  is  a  Guatemalan  short  story  writer  best
                         known for his 8-word story titled “El Dinosaurio”: When I woke
                         up,  the  dinosaur  was  still  there.  You  might  imagine  a  young
                         girl who wakes in the morning to find her pet Dino faithfully at
                         her bedside.


                         Likewise in poetry also, there happened debates over shortest
                         poetry.  Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, also known simply
                         as  Fleas,  is  a  couplet  commonly  cited  as  the  shortest  poem
                         ever written, composed by American poet Strickland Gillilan in
                         the early 20th century. The poem reads in full:
















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