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Keep the stories short and tweet

Literary experiments on Twitter are a welcome respite from the microblogging platform's ocean of information

Published on Aug 5, 2014 6:20 PM

The late writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway famously wrote a short story in six words.

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Its brevity sharpens our focus on what is not visible - a stillborn child, perhaps, or a miscarriage?

We are prompted to ponder: Were the parents devastated to hear that they would never have children? Or was a mother forced to give up her child for adoption? What were these shoes like?

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