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Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's Your Six?

Today is my best friend's birthday (Happy Birthday, Dana), and it got me thinking about birthdays in general, which got me thinking about people and life, which got me thinking about a book I want to read (go figure).

Not quite what I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, by Rachel Fershleiser (Editor), Larry Smith (Editor) is exactly what it sounds like. Little gems of six word summaries of people's lives.

from Goodreads:

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.

I'm going to go think for awhile on what my six might be. I would suggest you do the same; it may come in handy in the future...

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