Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Writer and the Genie

A writer on a beach frees a genie from a bottle. "Three wishes," the genie offers, "to show my gratitude."

"I want to sell the most-read piece in history," the man says without a second thought. He's suddenly on a mountain, wears a long, white beard, and holds a stone tablet that reads, "Thou shalt—"

"No! No!" the writer screeches. He finds himself back on the beach.

"Only one more wish," the genie says.

"I want to write the most successful novel in history." The writer finds himself sitting at an antique desk, holding a letter from his agent. "Dear Mr. Tolstoy. Love your concept. Please strike two-hundred-thousand words, and I'll represent you.

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