Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers

Brought it to boil, often. – Mario Batali

I was born some assembly required. – Eric Jordan

Macular degeneration. Didn’t see that coming. – Ian Gould

sixword.gifCompiled by the editors of Smith Magazine, this book of six-word memoirs is impossible to put down. I found myself saying, “I’ll just read two more pages and then I’ll stop” only to say the same thing ten pages later. “Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. Papa came back swinging with, ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ Some say he called it his best work. Others dismiss the anecdote as literary folk-tale. Either way, the six-word story was born…”

From the heartbreaking to the hilarious, the authors range from celebrities to average Joes. Of course, when you finish, you’ll  need to come up with your own six-word memoir. Trust me – it’s hard to do.

You’ll also want to check out the corresponding website that is constantly updated with new memoirs. Here are a few I couldn’t resist:

communist health nut, hammer and cycle. – Brian John Evans

Practicing chocoholic, does not seek treatment.  – ren

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