I'm sitting here with pneumonia. (Yeah, officially pneumonia.) It's the first day since Monday I've felt like being out of bed. From the looks of the back-issues of New York Times Online, I was better off unconscious. I am sorry I missed this from last week, though, at the Well blog there:
Seven-Word Wisdom: The Contest
How much advice can you distill down to seven words?
As it turns out, seven words is a surprisingly catchy way to deliver a message. Just ask writer Michael Pollan, whose book “In Defense of Food” is debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list this weekend. (Read my recent interview with him here.) The popularity of the book is due in no small part to Mr. Pollan’s catchy seven-word edict: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.'’
My colleague Dwight Garner, over at the Paper Cuts blog, notes the slogan has a “haiku-like resonance'’ and offers his own versions of 2-3-2 word sequences. My favorite, “Have sex. Really quite often. With humans.” (For the rest, click here.)
Surely this warrants a competition?
It did indeed, so they ran one, and a fine time was had by all. Click here to see the winners.
So had you known about this exercise in time to compete, what wisdom would you have shared in that 2-3-2 form?