By Josh Rueff on May 16, 2013
This excerpt from my journal helps illustrate the characteristics of the 6 word story with a comparison to memory:
It was in coastal Yokosuka – a fog-swirling morning after rain. A ghostly light, like a gray halo, was edging over the line on the dark blue Pacific. Salt burns in open wounds, but the taste reminds me of night in the sea of islands; dark nights with no light, waves smacking angrily at the RIB, shark fins cutting and waiting as the little war-boat skipped from wave to wave. Rotor wash tore at the edge of my skin; the taste was salt and sandpaper, and the sound was deafening.
Memories like these are simple, but the simplicity doesn’t cripple it’s beauty. It enhances it.
The 6 word story is similar to my memories; I only remember glimpses of the past, but those brief flashes recreate the entirety of the moment – in one split second I recall tastes, touch, sounds, sights, thrill, fear, exhilaration, and more.
Much like a split second memory, a 6 word story captures as much content as it can in the shortest time possible.
Perhaps the most well known 6 word story is Hemingway’s:
For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
This is a tough act to follow, but I want to try to summarize minimalism into a 6 word story – not just minimalism – minimalism in literature, in music, art, and lifestyle.
Here’s what I wrote:
6 Word Story of Minimalism in Literature
Verbosity obsolete: Simplicity and realism merge.
6 Word Story of Minimalism in Art
War against Abstract Expressionism, reduction prevails.
Minimalism in Music: The 6 Word Story
Underground response to minimalist art; offshoot.
Minimalism in Lifestyle: The 6 Word Story
Simplicity overthrows materialist and consumerist oppression.