Thursday, July 16, 2009

Your Town in Six Words

Seemingly out of nowhere, telling stories in six words has beccome all the rage. Blame the Internets (all of them).

A nobler beginning can be traced to Ernest Hemingway's famous six word short story, For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn ... which then percolated for 40-50 years to the present moment, where everything from love to one's life story is being told in short bursts.

Is it possible to abbreviate a place in six words? Imagine all the history and personality you'd need to pack in. I tried it with a few towns I've known well. How'd I do?

Berkley, MI: Just far enough away from Detroit.

Santa Monica, CA: Not unemployed. "Working on a screenplay."

Brooklyn, NY: The sidewalks are paved with strollers.

Now, you go.

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At August 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM , Anonymous Meredith Kaffel said...

Short Hills, NJ: The town, the myth, the mall.


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