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Author Lydia Davis, in her new book, “Can’t and Won’t,” has perfected the art of the short story. The very short, short story – a story that captures a scene or a persona in a sentence or two – ala Ernest Hemingway, who created a Six Word Story.

We were intrigued. And gave it a go:

Celine knew she was the sweetest person in the world because she baked a cake every day with chili pepper.

Norbert’s life was a lie, but since he didn’t know it, it was the truth.

The minute she decided to walk down the aisle and say “I do,” she wish she had said, “I don’t!” But she didn’t, and never did, so she spent her life decluttering the aisle of his debris.

Hello! I am so delighted you took the time to call, because I am utterly miserable and hope to bring you down with me. Have a great day.

As she had for years, Jane anticipated the splendor of the Manhattan skyline as she drove her car out of the Lincoln Tunnel, only to discover it had been hijacked by a real estate developer.