Overheard in the Wolfe House #323

Peggy: The Mayborn Conference is announcing a new contest, a short story in six words. Writers have been trying to do those kinds of short stories long before Twitter. I have a story like that. It kind of went viral on Twitter. It has more than 170,000 views.

Sam (laughing): Really? That’s great.

Peggy: So here’s the story. “Midnight. Wrong train platform. Shinjuku station.”

Sam (still laughing): That’s just a mishmash of words.


  1. Nancy LeMay on October 3, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I hate to disagree with Sam, but I like your six word story about Tokyo. It reminded me of a recent much longer story in the New Yorker, “Confessions of a Shingawa Monkey.”

    • Peggy on October 4, 2020 at 4:31 am

      Thanks, and thanks for the reading recommendation.

  2. Annette Fuller on October 3, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Those six words bring me chills. I have been lost a few times in foreign lands. You can only laugh about it much later.

    • Peggy on October 4, 2020 at 4:30 am

      That is the truth!

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