A good friend recently gave me a copy of the article below that appeared originally in the LA Times. I thought it might be a fun challenge for regular readers here and at Book Nerds on FaceBook. So, give it a try. Read the article and then post your own six-word memoir here and/or at Book Nerds.
From Los Angeles Times
Everyone has a story. That’s the tag on the masthead of SMITH, our online magazine. Yet until we asked the world to send us six-word memoirs, even we had no idea how true is was.
We took a page from Ernest Hemingway. According to legend, he was challenged to write a novel in only six words, and came up with For sale: baby shoes never worn. We posed the same challenge on-line, but we asked for true-life stories – in just half a dozen well-chosen words.
To launch the challenge, we posted examples from names we figured most readers would know such as Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert (Me see world! Me write stories! ) and celebrity chef Mario Batali (Brought it to a boil, often).
More than 15,0000 (and counting) submission later, we are continually struck by what proves possible in just six words. The short, short life stories keep coming in. As we type this, a quick glance reveals that Emily Hambridge “wanted to write but feared failure.” With half a doze words and a few clicks of the keyboard, she’s just rewritten the story of her life.
Ex-wife and contractor now have house – Drew PeckFound true love, married someone else – Bjorn StrombergFifteen years since last professional haircut – Dave EggersOne Tooth, one cavity. Life’s cruel. - John BettencourtMust remember: people, gadgets. That order. – Brian LamMade a mess. Cleaned it up. – Amy AndersonPut whole self in, shook about. – Melissa DelzioMy second-grade teacher was right. – Janelle BrownWell, I thought it was funny. – Stephen ColbertWhere the hell are my keys? – Brady UdallDad wore leather pants in Reno – John FalkSecret of life: Marry an Italian – Nora EphronLittle bit Lucy, tempered by Ethel – Tami MausI think, therefore I am bald – Dickie WidjajaTook scenic route, got in late – Will BlytheBeing a monk stunk. Better gay. – Bob RedmanBecame my mother. Please shoot me. – Cynthia KaplanShould not have eaten those mushrooms – Emilie RagusoWas father, boys died, still sad. – Ronald ZalewskiABCs MTV SATs THC IRA NPR – Jancee DunnIt’s pretty high. You go first. – Alan EagleMe: consistently avoiding death since 1978! – Daniel Fowlkes