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America Today: Your 6-Word Stories.

Earlier this month, Karin Kessler challenged “06880” readers to describe America’s current situation.

In just 6 words.

The owner of Backspace — the typewriter/writing shop on Church Street South, behind Little Barn — loves the written word, and interacting with customers. This was a good way to combine both.

But she was more interested in hearing what we all have to see. People could write their 6 words at home, and post them on social media. They could even do it the old-fashioned way: by e-mail.

Karin Kessler, in her Backspace space.

Responses poured in.

Here, in no particular order — because that sure is America today* — is what we’re thinking.

  • First generation American….with Caribbean heart!
  • Trump celebrates Hanukkah. Jewish suffering continues.
  • Tear gas our tired and our poor?
  • Stirring the pot doesn’t always emulsify
  • One flag for two parties. United.
  • Where do we go from here?
  • I love my country, food, family.
  • “Me too,” I could finally say.
  • On couch, should go to bed.
  • Bipartisan meeting scheduled; no one showed.
  • She lost and the world changed.
  • Think about John Peter Zenger’s actions.

John Peter Zenger: symbol of America’s free press

  • Comity, please; enmity doesn’t work.
  • US is for people, not party!
  • Freedom of the press equals Democracy
  • Red state, Blue state . . . purple people
  • Our children. Why care? Different party.
  • America’s destiny? It’s up to us.
  • You need me on that wall.
  • Definitely the Founding Fathers hated tyrants.
  • Red. White. Blue. All for You.

  • White Nationalism in America Must End
  • They came, worked hard and succeeded.
  • Neoliberal stenographers, few left, type right.
  • We’re divided; what’s profile of each?
  • This I know: we’re all interconnected.
  • African DNA results for white nationalist.
  • Their job, to overlook. They did.
  • Some people don’t follow directions.
  • His impeachment due to corrupt actions.
  • Close eyes, deep breath, relax now
  • He destroyed her soul with avarice.
  • Repeat Plan A until you succeed
  • Kindness fosters love. Love creates miracles.
  • Don’t waste energy despairing. Organize! Vote!

  • Looking intently for a way out.
  • Trust thy neighbor not thy politician.
  • It was your heartlessness, she said.
  • She voted for hope and won.
  • Unfuck America before be too late.


*That’s my own 6-word contribution

America’s Story. In Just 6 Words.

No matter what your political views, it can feel as if there are no words to describe America’s current situation.

But all you need are 6.

Ernest Hemingway wrote the most famous 6-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Since then, writers of all types have tried their hand at the 6-word exercise.

Karin Kessler wants to hear yours.

She’s the upbeat, indefatigable owner of Backspace, the typewriter shop/writing space on Church Street South, behind Little Barn.

Karin Kessler, in her Backspace space.

Customers always talk about the political climate, Karin says. They usually throw their hands in the air, and say they have no voice.

So this month, she invites everyone to come to Backspace and write their own 6-word story on any typewriter. There’s no charge.

(You can also write at home, and drop it off at Backspace. You can email it in too — backspacewestport@gmail.com — or post it on a special Facebook page. But if you haven’t seen the shop, you really should.)

Any and every viewpoint is welcome (except hate-mongering).

The 6 words should have something to do with the political atmosphere — and be a thought-provoking reflection of the times.

“We can show that right and left can coexist, and respectfully disagree with one another,” Karin says.

This is not a competition between parties, she notes. She’s looking for “a description, statement or feeling about politics today.”

Karin offers her own suggestion: “United we stand. Divided we fall.”

She hopes to compile the stories, to promote both thought and conversation.

December can be a stressful month. She hopes this can be a fun exercise, done during downtime on the train, while stuck in traffic, or anywhere else. (Except, I guess, watching Fox or MSNBC.)

“Let’s start a wave from Westport, using our right of freedom of speech,” Karin says. “Let’s all hear what everyone says.”

In exactly 6 words.