Wednesday, January 5, 2011

For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

The above post title is what Hemingway considered to be his best short story. Quite concise. And sad. I guess. Depending on how you look at it.

I started looking for more short stories on the internet, and found these:

"Goose Egg" by Jim Phelps
The townsfolk kept glaring angrily at Jack as they discussed what to do with 1200 pounds of rotting giant.

"Persepctive" by Vijayendra Mohanty
He bested the heroes, killed the defenders, overtook the world. Then he killed the narrator and he was the villain no more.

"The Boatman" by Chris Worth
"I can't see," complained the man.
"That's because of the pennies on your eyes," said the boatman.

I really like this super short story by Augusto Monterroso. Carlos Fuentes described him like this: "Imagine Borges' fantastical bestiary having tea with Alice. Imagine Jonathan Swift and James Thurber exchangning note. Imagine a frog from Calaveras County who seriously read Mark Twain. Meet Monterroso." AWESOME. Sounds like a good guy.
Here is his story, entitled, "El Dinosaurio":

"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí."

This one is known as the world's shortest horror story. Frederic Brown's "Knock":

      "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."

But I don't think you can find a more succinct and touching story than the shortest/longest story of all:

Jesus wept.
- John 11:35


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