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“Thinking Air Force. Or maybe dancer.” The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The heat broke on the east, as did the spirit of at least one flight attendant, but your Six-Word Memoirs could not be stopped. Here are six six-worders we love from the week ending August 13. Click on each author’s name to check out more memoirs.
Most Pragmatic: “Dreamed of bohemia. Changed my mind.” —TheQuietOne
Most Determined: [...]

“Kansas City Yenta changed my life—The Six-Word Memoirists Live, in S.F.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

From six-word prayers to bottle caps, the Six-Word Memoir has taken on many shapes, forms, and unexpected applications. Since we challenged our readers to write the story of their lives in just six words in November, 2006, we’ve received some 300,000+ Six-Word Memoirs by people across the world on SMITH and SMITH Teens. Rachel Fershleiser [...]

Daniel Handler’s Last 10 Relationships, 6 Words at a Time

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, is hooked on six. Last year, when a Canadian radio station asked him to talk about the six-word memoir phenomenon (in our first book, his six-word memoir, written just as he was wrapping up his book series, is: “What? Lemony Snicket? Lemony Snicket? What?”), he wrote ten six-word memoirs on [...]

“Always Hated Number Six Till Now” - Love & Hearbreak in Newsweek

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Newsweek runs one of the most lovely pieces on Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak to date. “Summing up a life, a romance or a trauma so succinctly may seem like an abomination out of the Twitter generation,” writes Jesse Ellison, “[but] what’s most remarkable is the range of sentiments, from the trivial to the [...]

Haiku Nation–SMITH Mag in Time

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

SMITH Mag and the Six-Word Memoir project lead a story in Time magazine called “Haiku Nation.” “Like traditional Japanese poetry, the new pop-culture haiku says a lot with few words,” writes Jeremy Caplan. “These days digital eloquence is defined by pithiness. … In the book world, a surprise hit this year has been Not Quite [...]

Mrs. Nixon’s Third-Graders’ Six-Word Storybook

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Since we launched the six-word memoir challenge on SMITH in late 2006, amazing things have happened that, literally, were not quite what we were planning, from a reverend in North Carolina who preached six-word prayers to a midwestern book blogger who created a six-word memoir “meme” that still races across hundreds of thousands of personal [...]

Six-Word Memoirs by Teens—now live!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Our first book of six-word memoirs, Not Quite What I Was Planning, featured life stories from “I’m ten and have an attitude” to “Seventy years, few tears, hairy ears.” Clearly it’s a concept that spans generations. But some of our very favorite responses came from teenagers, those smart, sassy, angst-filled truth-tellers whose lives are changing [...]

“But This IS My Day Job”—Six Words on The Creative Life

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

“Wrote a great novel. No sale.” “Quiet, Baby; Mama’s trying to think.” “Greatness costs many things, including privacy.” “Now be honest, and just lie.”
The above are just a few of the nearly 500 submissions to SMITH and Urbis’ “Six Words on the Creative Life,” a reader project launched just a few days ago. Submit your [...]

“The Blade Turned Into a Pen”—Six Words on the Creative Life

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Urbis is one of our favorite creative communities. Like SMITH, Urbis is powered by writers, and gets bigger and better with each submission. While our thing is nonfiction personal narrative, Urbis’ community of creatives tend to focus on fiction, poetry, and screenplays-in-progress, with lots of peer reviews and ranking to spur on competition. Now we’ve [...]

Six Words in Park Slope

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Within the course of a few short weeks, we went from holding the soggiest six-word reading/slam to the sweatiest. Yet in many ways, Monday, June 9 at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn this was the sweetest. At each reading, we always tell some “stories behind the stories,” mixing up tales from the [...]

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