Friday, February 19th, 2010
As you know by now, we like to fill our Six-Word Memoir books with a variety of people: teens, adults, teachers, mothers, accountants, real estate agents, and famous writers, athletes, and comedians. As we were finishing up Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, I noticed we were low on political figures. I asked my good friend Alex Koppelman, political writer extraordinaire, to help me out. Now, not to make any grand accusations about the political leanings of Alex or Salon.com, but suffice it to say, I was expecting a democrat.
He replied promptly with a direct email address for a huge political celebrity—Ann Coulter. Okay. So I email her, explain the project, ask for a submission for the Valentine’s book or any other, and expect no response. Ms. Coulter responds instantly with a powerful Six-Word Memoir: “Some are left alive, quick reload.” I am still gaping at my Macbook when she replies again. “By the way,” she says, “this is not a story about love.”
The not-about-love story holds a place of honor in It All Changed in an Instant—right alongside Michael “I’m from Flint. You are, too.” Moore.