In honor of SMITH Magazine’s new book, Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak By Writers Famous & Obscure, I’ve decided to conduct this week’s Must List in six-word memoir form: Short life stories are my Must.
From the same people who brought you last year’s compilation of very brief autobiographies called Not Quite What I Was Planning (Stephen Colbert: ”Well, I thought it was funny.”), the new book focuses on the age-old puzzle of love and its related problems with memoirs that are clever, earnest, sad, and funny. A surprising amount are technology-related: ”Will always follow you. On Twitter.” ”Met him online. Blogged our divorce.” ”If I get Chlamydia, blame MySpace.”
I was going to make a joke about RSS feeds condensing blogs like the memoirs condense people’s life stories, but it didn’t work. Pretend I said something clever, okay? That’s six words, so you can count it as a memoir, too.
What’s on your Must List this week? Share your picks below — and don’t worry, they can be more than six words. List up to three items from current TV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 26, at noon ET.