A Few Short Words

Courtesy Cameron comes a link to Wired Magazine’s very short stories:

We’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.

Most of the entries are quite funny and clever, but many read just like newspaper headlines, or the interesting first lines of stories. For my money, the best came from Margaret Atwood, who really does tell a story in six words:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

A Few Skewed Words

Courtesy Tim at POGGE come 21 actual English subtitles used in films made in Hong Kong. I especially like:

1) I am damn unsatisfied to be killed in this way.

3) Gun wounds again?

10) You always use violence. I should’ve ordered glutinous rice chicken

11) I’ll fire aimlessly if you don’t come out!

The last one is actually a pretty good threat.


It’s big, it’s bold and it’s non-partisan. It’s a great big party of bloggers held in the second floor of the Fiddler’s Green restaurant in Toronto at 27 Wellesley Street East, across from the entrance to the Wellesley subway station. Bob Tarantino is bringing right-wing bloggers, Jason Cherniak is bringing the centre-left people while Joey “Accordion Guy” deVilla is bringing the normal people who happen to blog. And I’ll be there.

Festivities start in earnest at 8 p.m. and I intend to stick things out until 9. If you’ve ever had any interest in putting faces to names, or if you’ve ever wanted to buy another blogger a beer to placate a political disagreement, or whathaveyou, and if you happen to be near Yonge and Wellesley tomorrow evening, come on over and buy yourself a dinner and a drink in the second floor of the Fiddler’s Green. If we don’t do $500 worth of business, Bob Tarantino (who booked the room) gets chained in the kitchen next to the sink full of dirty dishes.

Further details can be found here

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