There’s this saying that Stephen King is such a good writer that he could write a grocery list and have it be entertaining.

I took a brief look to see if he had written such a story, but couldn’t find one.

Nevertheless, this should be a Thing, at the very least, an official thought experiment that involves:

  • The “ideal” writer
  • Writing something that appears to have none of the elements commonly expected in stories
  • That is nevertheless as entertaining or more entertaining than stories with the elements commonly expected in stories.

So the thought experiment should go like this:

  • Is Stephen King’s Grocery List a story?

I say yes.  But that’s just me.  I’d say that one relevant example is “There Will Come Soft Rains,” the short story by Ray Bradbury, which admittedly has setting.

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