In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. His rebuttal?
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.
They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work.
“This spot was so close to perfect we would not even want to tell ourselves how lucky we were, having been delivered to it. The best of new places had to be protected from our own cries of delight. We would hold the words for weeks or months, for the soft evening when a stray remark would set us to recollecting. I guess we believed, together, that the wrong voice can obliterate a landscape.”
—from “Creation” by Don DeLillo in The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
This is the first collection of DeLillo’s short stories. On sale Nov 15.