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Story behind the Six: Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, February 8th, 2008

By Rachel

After being blown away by six-word submissions from people across the country, we began to put out feelers for contributions by slightly better-known writers. We loved the idea of the memoirs of famous and not-so-famous folks stuffed together in a joyous grab bag of stories. The very first day, I came home from work and fired up the old gmail. Atop my inbox sat two new messages—from Moby and Joyce Carol Oates. It was a surreal moment, made all the more exciting by JCO’s delightfully literary response, reproduced below:

“For your 6-word memoirs, I can supply these memorable lines by Emily
Dickinson, who seems to have had a genius for the sub-genre.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers–

Rowing in Eden–
Ah, the Sea!

Mirth is the Mail of Anguish–


My own are less poetic:

Revenge is living well, without you.

He celebrates himself. You can, too.

Joyce Carol Oates”

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