Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure (Six-Word Memoirs)
My Review: Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.
When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too. The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, ...more
The stories they (briefly) told were philosophical:
"Afraid of everything. Did it anyway." Ayse Erginer
"Found great happiness in insignificant details." Alisdair McDiarmid
"Started small, grew, peaked, shrunk, vanished." George Saunders
"Followed rules, not dreams. Never again." Margaret Hellerstein
A little rough around the edges.
My conscience: brought to you by…
Dear mom, how is your cell?
I love god. Love me more.
I wonder what my cat’s doing.
What’s broken can always be rebuilt.
I am not quite there yet.
Would you like fries with that?
When do I get to leave?
Homesick for somewhere I’ve never been.
Wherever I go, fun follow me.
Milk in a cup of oil.
It’s n ...more
And for all you wise-crackers out there - that's my review of the book, not my own six-word memoir.
Smith magazine, inspired by Hemingway's six-word story "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn" invited its readers to submit their own six-word memoirs. The results were published in this book, along with some submissions by famous writers and celebrities.
Here are some that I liked:
Couldn't cope so I wrote songs. Aimee Mann
Would you like fries with that? Scott Northrup
"I asked. They answered. I wrote." --Sebastian Junger
"The psychic said I'd be richer." --Elizabeth Bernstein
"I thought I was someone else." --Tysa Goodrich
"Happiness is a warm salami sandwich." --Stanley Bing
"I'm enjoying even this downward dance." --Column McCann
"Dad died, mom crazy, me too." --Moby
"Fight, work, persevere--gain slight notoriety." --Harvey Pekar
"Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched." --Amy Sedaris
But I'm excited to be in it, right after Myfanwy Collins ( ...more
Being a monk stunk. Better gay.
Happiest when ignoring huge financial debt.
Lived in moment until moment sucked.
Nothing profound, I just sat around.
It was embarrassing, so don't ask.
Thought I would have more impact.
Can't tonight, watching Law & Order.
Anything possible - but I was tired.
Rebel librarian on sabbatical from boys.
No sh ...more
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words. "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
In 2006, Smith Magazine offered to its readers the opportinuty to write a six-word memoir. This book contains some ot the entries they received.
Cursed by cancer. Blessed by friends.
I was born, some assembly required.
Creative and destructive in many ways.
On her birthday, my life began.
We walked barefoot in wet cement.
I wrote it all do ...more
More than 200,000 people have submitted Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine (smithmag.net) and its younger cousin, SMITH Teens (smithteens.com). Thanks to the devoted admiration of writers, critics
and educators alike, the six-word memoir concept has spread to classroom...more