Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ode to Infinity: The Longest Story Ever Told In Nine Words

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM

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You know how Ernest Hemingway supposedly wrote the shortest story ever in six words? ("For sale: baby shoes, never used.") Well, I guess this intriguing ode to infinity Opium Magazine has issued might be in the same kind of vein. They're running a nine-word story (conceived by conceptual artist Jonathon Keats) on their cover this month. Only it will take a thousand years to read. The words are printed on the cover in black ink, with a black background, and thanks to some kind of fancy overlay ink screening process, the full monty will be revealed one word at a time over the next millenium as each word is exposed to sunlight. It's a neat idea and all, but only offers the kind of delayed gratification nary a one of us will see the payoff for. (A story that takes 1,000 years to read? Even Infinite Jest fans would balk.) Leave your guesses for the nine-word story in the comments. [Via Gawker.]

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