Saturday, June 27th, 2009
It’s been said by many, including the editors of SMITH, that a six-word memoir can be a lot like an epitaph, the ultimate summation of one’s life. We’ve always been fascinated by obits of the famous and obscure alike. Now, by popular demand, we’re starting a new reader challenge category: Six-Word Obits. There’s only way way to kick this reader challenge off, and that’s by respectively asking you for your Jackson 6: a six-word obituary for the King of Pop. Leave your entry in the comments section below. Since we set this one loose on Twitter—with six-word maven Mary Elizabeth Williams immediately replying wit “From ABC to PYT to RIP.”—yesterday, we’ve had some great responses.
“King silenced by insulation and prescriptions.”
“Force did stop. He got enough.”
- Erin Fitzpatrick
“Survived by family, friends, widespread ambivalence.”
Keep ‘em coming. Our three favorite entries win the six-word memoir book of their choice.
The contest ends on Monday, June 29 at 5pm EST. Update! Contest extended to June 30, 5pm EST.
Creative Commons image from Flickr user bernissimo.