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Story & the Economy of Abundance

"Stories can haunt and unsettle us, and the most skilled storytellers can do this with remarkable lexical economy. The imaginative expanse of a story does not depend on the quantity of words. Rather, there can be a feel among the words, resonances, and assonances that carry an aesthetic power disproportionate to their length. Short stories and poetry are often examples of such compressed narrative power. Perhaps nothing matches the evocative power of the six word story said to have been composed by the master of verbal economy, Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

In just six words the story creates - and invites us into - a whole world."

(James K. A. Smith)

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