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

By Rachel Fershleiser (Editor), Larry Smith (Editor)

Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity--six words at a time.

One Life. Six Words. What's Yours?

When 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, and moving.

From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found true love, married someone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead"), these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite-sized pieces. From authors Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford to comedians Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell.


NEWS & OPINION: What are your six words?

Posted November 3, 2011, 8:01 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I was driving the other day and turned on the radio to The Ben Merens Show, a call-in program airing on a local NPR station. He and his guest were taking calls for listeners' Six Word Memoirs. I'd never heard of such a thing, and as I listened, I learned there are a number of books and a well-developed website all based on this concept of summing up your life in six words. Read more


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Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish date 02/05/2008
Pages 225
ISBN-13 9780061374050
ISBN-10 0061374059
Language English

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