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March 7, 2019

Baby shoes

A bunch of writers are sitting around a table in a bar, debating who can write the most powerful story in the fewest words. They all throw money into the pot. They agree that the author of the best tale will win it all. Hemingway takes a slug of his Pernod, pinches a pen between his muscular fingers, and writes on a napkin, just narrowly avoiding a ring of moisture: “For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Everyone else at the table gives up. Hemingway wins, and we all assume he uses the pot to buy another round of drinks.

He probably never did this, an in fact the story preda...

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