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June 25, 2009 / schulerbooks

9-Word Story will last longer than you or I…

Check out this fun story about testing the limits of stories!:

The Long Nine Words

Jonathan Keats, a San Francisco conceptual artist, has written a nine-word story that should take approximately a thousand years to read. In celebration of the infinity issue of Opium magazine, Keats used a double layer of black ink with an incrementally screened overlay masking the words. Over the next thousand years, exposure to ultraviolet light will gradually reveal the story, one word per century. He explained his rationale:

Like most people, I live my life in a rush, consuming media on the run. That may be fine for reading the average blog but something essential is lost when ingesting words is all about speed. My thousand-year story is an antidote. Given the printing process I’ve used, you can’t take in more than one word per century. That’s even slower than reading Proust.

Original Article here.


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