9-Word Story Takes a Millennium to Read

A short tale written by a local artist will be revealed after 1,000 years

By Marie C. Baca
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:33 PM PDT
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9-Word Story Takes a Millennium to Read

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If you think reading James Joyce takes a long time, try reading Jonathon Keats.

The San Francisco-based conceptual artist wrote a nine-word story and printed it on the cover of Opium Magazine.

When exposed to sunlight over hundreds of years, the words slowly appear one at a time, with the complete story supposedly revealed after 1,000 years.  

Keats told Wired that the project is an "exploration of deep time," and a response to break-neck speed of modern media consumption.

Keats said that he believes the paper will survive after a millennium, although he's not sure that humankind will.

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