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Six Word Memoirs (Not Quite What I Was Planning)

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A few years back, Smith Magazine compiled six word memoirs from artists, writers, musicians, and the like. The result: Not Quite What I Was Planning.

A few examples of these nano six word memoirs:

Dave Eggers
Fifteen years since last professional haircut

Aimee Mann
Couldn’t cope so I wrote songs

Stephen Colbert
Well, I thought it was funny.

Seeking the fullest expression of self.
– Oprah Winfrey

After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.
– Robin Templeton

70 years, few tears, hairy ears.
– Bill Querengesser

Watching quietly from every door frame.
– Nicole Resseguie

Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!
– Nikki Beland

Savior complex makes for many disappointments.
– Alanna Schubach

Nobody cared, then they did. Why?
– Chuck Klosterman

Some cross-eyed kid, forgotten then found.
– Diana Welch

She said she was negative. Damn.
– Ryan McRae

Born in the desert, still thirsty.
– Georgene Nunn

A sake mom, not soccer mom.
– Shawna Hausman

I asked. They answered. I wrote.
– Sebastian Junger

No future, no past. Not lost.
– Matt Brensilver

Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.
– Sabra Jennings

Joined Army. Came out. Got booted.
– Johan Baumeister

Almost a victim of my family
– Chuck Sangster

The psychic said I’d be richer.
– Elizabeth Bernstein

Grumpy old soundman needs love, too.
– Lennie Rosengard

Mom died, Dad screwed us over.
– Lesley Kysely

Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.
– Linda Williamson

Write about sex, learn about love.
– Martha Garvey

Highlights from professional writers and artists include pop singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger (“We still don’t hear a single”), comic strip artist Keith Knight (“I was a Michael Jackson impersonator”), nine-year-old Hannah Davies (“Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends”), Zak Nelson (“I still make coffee for two”), Scott Birch (“Most successful accomplishments based on spite”), Rip Riley (“No wife. No kids. No problems”), and Amy Sedaris (“Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched”).

Six Word Memoirs — What’s Yours?

Say something about who you are in exactly six words. What’s your six-word memoir?

Here’s mine — My truth is in my fiction.

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