Ernest Hemingway was a master of the concise yet detail-laden sentence. And the adventure-seeking, booze-guzzling wordsmith would have been a powerhouse tweeter, finding a whole new audience for his spare prose. His “Write drunk, edit sober,” doesn’t quite meld with the immediacy of Twitter, though — Papa would likely wake up to some rather regretfully immortal posts. Still, legend has already credited him with one of the most immortal proto-tweets ever written. Supposedly, when asked on a bet to tell an entire story in less than 10 words, Hemingway wrote the following:
“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”
Top that, tweeps.
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