By now, you’ve probably heard of Smith Magazine’s six-word memoirs. After all, last year, the magazine released a best-selling compilation – Not Quite What I Was Planning – that included pieces from readers and famous folks alike.
But if you aren’t familiar with the concept, here’s a little debrief: The six-word memoir is said to be rooted in a bet between Ernest Hemingway and a friend – supposedly, the author claimed he could write a short story in just six words. (He won with “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”)
After drafting folks like Amy Sedaris and Chuck Klosterman for its first book, Smith Magazine has recruited a new crop of celebs and unknowns for a new collection of six-word memoirs, It All Changed in an Instant (on stands now). Which celebrities? The book includes pensive memoirs by the likes of Molly Ringwald (“Acting is not all I am”) and clever pieces by the likes of James Frey (“So would you believe me anyway?”). (The L.A. Times books blog even asks of those latter six words: “James Frey’s best work?”) Sarah Silverman, Art Spiegelman, Margaret Cho, and others also penned pieces for the books.
Now, what we want to know is, what would your six-word memoir be? I feel like mine would go something like this: “What is life without the DVR?”
Your turn, ShelfLifers!