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“Brother, Can You Spare a Six?” Six Words on the Financial Crisis

Monday, April 26th, 2010

By Larry Smith

A day late and a penny short.

A day late and a penny short.

The day we launched our first Six-Word Memoir book, Rachel and I appeared on Talk of the Nation, catapulting six words into the consciousness of people who would become some of our most passionate SMITH community members.

So we’re always excited when six words finds a way into the public radio world. Our friends over at NPR’s cover the world of money and finance from a point of view that’s always connected to personal stories, helping this ever-complicated topic connect to the real world. Editors there have had a six fix lately, asking for Six-Word Memoirs about how to cope in the current climate. They recently asked for “Six Words on Career in Crisis,” and received responses ranging from the despondent (”On food stamps, Americorps, Future M.D.”), ironic (”Career long in tooth, got yanked.”) and optimistic (”Lost two jobs gained an LLC.”).

SMITH joins in a new challenge: What’s your Six-Word Memoir on the financial crisis? Feel free to leave your six words in the comments area below, or head on over the EconomyStory. We’ll give a copy of our latest book, It All Changed in An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

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31 responses

  1. Trevor says:

    Too big to care we failed

  2. Sherry424 says:

    Democrats paid banks, prostituting all customers.

  3. JMorgan says:

    Economy crashed; everyone blamed each other.

  4. Charles says:

    Exchanged credit cards for library card

  5. Nadya says:

    Emptiness in my wallet never fills.

  6. Kali says:

    Boyfriends better for wallet than husbands.

  7. Kali says:

    Foreclosure due to ex, not economy.

  8. Kali says:

    Lost my job, got better one.

  9. Kali says:

    Live simpler. Buy less material crap.

  10. Mary McConnell says:

    Unemployed. Son in college. Frugal living.

  11. Mary McConnell says:

    Last years wardrobe is just fine.

  12. Whitney Cole says:

    Can’t find job. Back to school.

  13. Whitney Cole says:

    Goodbye, economy. Hello, credit card debt.

  14. fuelgrrl says:

    Income down. Chin up. Future uncertain.

  15. iBurt says:

    Goldman was pandering. They didn’t listen.

  16. Morf says:

    It’s all about the money. Not.

  17. Kali says:

    Buying a camper, not a house!

  18. Kali says:

    If you’re broke, don’t have kids.

  19. Jo Ann Daniels says:

    I just pretend every-thing’s all right.

  20. Jo Ann Daniels says:

    What can we do except wait?

  21. Howard Kasper says:

    Mr. President, take down this WALL

  22. Julia says:

    Owe big, but still buy Starbucks.

  23. Valhallarie says:

    Being broke means breakfast for dinner.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t we have foreseen this crisis?

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