What is 'The Hemingway Challenge'? A literary anecdote, possibly apocryphal.
Ernest Hemingway was once asked (or was challenged in a bar bet) to write a story in six words. What Hemingway came up with:
For sale: Baby shoes, never used.As the story goes, Hemingway considered it to be his greatest work.
Flickr has laid down the gauntlet to photographers, with some great results. Like this one:
The story in six words:
He's a lover, not a fighter.
Apparently all of this got started on the internet when Utne magazine reprinted an article from a 2004 Blackbook article wherein the editors issued "The Hemingway Challenge" to twenty-five contemporary writers of renown, and this was the result:
"Forgive me!" "What for?" "Never mind."
Eyeballed me, killed him. Slight exaggeration.
Satan—Jehovah—fifteen rounds. A draw.
"Welcome to Moeshe Christiansen’s Bar Mitzvah."
grass, cow, calf, milk, cheese, France
He remembered something that never happened.
Saigon Hotel. Decades later. He weeps.
~Robert Olen Butler
—I love you . . . –Love ya back.
She gave. He took. He forgot.
You are not shit. You are!
~Memoir, Jerry Stahl
All her life: half a house.
Poison; meditation; skiing; ants — nothing worked.
My nemesis is dead. Now what?
I saw. I conquered. Couldn’t come.
"Cyanide? Bitter almonds." He knew. How?
Father died. Mother triumphed. I left.
"You? Her? No dice, fat boy."
Oh, that? It’s nothing. Not contagious.
Mother’s Day came, doubling Oedipus’ pleasure.
Tossed remorselessly, whiffle balls sure hurt.
As she fell, her mind wandered.
It’s negative. Say hi to Mom.
Horny professor. Failing coed. No tenure.
~A Short History of Academia, Sue Grafton
Shiva destroys Earth: "Well, http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifthat’s that."
Havana’s no place for hockey, coach.
Technorati Tags: Technorati Tag, Technorati Tags, tags, categories, internet, out and around, American culture, western culture, Hemingway challenge, The Constant American, Constant American