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“Middle school. Every week’s shark week.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

In honor of Shark Week, we’re showcasing Six-Word Memoirs that are as tumultuous as a summer swim in the ocean. Coping with visible and internal obstacles, these writers have managed to survive and emerge with all limbs (and six words!) in tact.
Best Internal Rhyme: “City streets made a concrete girl.” - Wench, with the [...]

“Full moon, wife dances, I howl.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

From the powerful serves of the Williams sisters, to Jonah Lehrer’s resignation from The New Yorker, this week’s news stories have been filled with big wins and losses. These Six-Word Memoirs confront myriad forms of pain and gain.
Most Rebellious: “Lost virginity once. Lost innocence repeatedly.” - l8leigh
Most Timely: “Plagiarism can sometimes be undetected [...]

“Suffered from listlessness…started new list.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

On Friday night, the opening ceremony of the Olympics not only showcased a performance that celebrated the world’s greatest athletes, but recognized each individual nation in the flagbearing ceremony. From the smallest and most remote nations, to the largest world powers, the march not only recognized athleticism, but diversity, pride, and the importance of banding [...]

“Writing brings me back to me.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Friday, July 20th, 2012

From Hamlet’s famous opening line, to the answer of a simple knock-knock joke, it seems we are always asking or being asked: “Who’s there?” This week’s featured Six-Word Memoirs evoke a strong sense of identity and its importance.
Proudest: “Short. Black. Christian. Gay. Walking tall.” - Clay Rivers
Simplest Truth: “Writing brings me back to me.” [...]

“Hoped for Xanadu. Settled for Xanax.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Friday, July 13th, 2012

While many of us have spent the week hiding from sweltering climes, the heat certainly hasn’t slowed the lively wordplay in the SMITH community. This week’s Six-Word Memoirs prove particularly punny, playing off references to books, songs and movies.
Best Wordplay: “Ate my words; swallowed many paragraphs.” - Bevvie
Most Self-Aware: “Hoped for Xanadu. Settled for [...]

“Lost poetic license. Found prose permit.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Whether it’s the smoke from Colorado’s devastating wildfire or Tom and Katie’s flameout, there are sparks in the air as this week comes to a close. This week’s Six-Word Memoirs are ripe with longing and questions of identity. As for me, well, I’m listening to Stevie Nicks’ “Rooms on Fire” on repeat (if you [...]

“I put the fun in dysfunctional.” The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This week, SMITH’s  Six-Word Memoirs went a little mental. Even before Dean6805’s Friday word of the day prompt: “slump,” something about the past few days seems to have pushed writers towards the dejected side of the narrative spectrum. If you’re feeling a bit lachrymose this Friday, know that this too will pass. Your story deserves to [...]

“I never realized dad wasn’t macho”: The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

No matter who we are, what we choose to identify with is profound and important. This week, sports bars around the nation (and world) filled with eager fans gathering to cheer on their teams of choice in Stanley Cup and Eurocup matches. Whether we choose to support a team, quote a song or book, cite [...]

“Dammit Red Rover, send SOMEBODY over”: The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Friday, June 8th, 2012

This week, readers around the world said farewell to esteemed author Ray Bradbury, while Natasha Tretheway was named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. As scientists uncovered exciting mammoth bones in Iowa, authors at SMITH revealed their own stories, confessions and fears in these Six-Word Memoirs.
Best Spin: “Not lazy, I’m a selective participator.” -  jamja28
Loveliest Metaphor: [...]

“Therapy bill indicates talk isn’t cheap.” The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

After a long weekend of Memorial Day cook outs, the Dutch reported plans to colonize Mars, a tropical storm by the name of ‘Beryl’ invaded the Southern Coast, and former presidential candidate overcame some stormy weather of his own. Here at SMITH, the authors of these Six-Word Memoirs forged ahead for themselves, sharing stories, celebrating [...]

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