June 28th 2007
LIFE IN SIX WORDS
In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway bet ten dollars that he could write a complete story in just six words. He wrote: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." He won the bet.
Now an online magazine is asking its readers to sum up their own lives in just six words.
Smith, the American online magazine, has used the Hemingway anecdote to inspire its readers to write their life story in just six words, culminating in a book of the best contributions, entitled "Not Quite What I Was Planning". We interviewed magazine editor, Larry Smith, what made him think of the idea.
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YOUR SIX WORD MEMOIRS
Already hundreds of you have emailed your own ideas about how to sum up a life in just six words. Below are just a few of them. You can also submit your writing to Smith magazine, which is already working on a second collection.
I knew I could be happy!
Foetus, son, brother, husband, father, vegetable.
Head in books, feet in flowers.
Trust me, I did my best.
Wrong era ,Wrong Class, Wrong Gender.
Love Mountains both ups and downs.
Wasted my whole life getting comfortable.
An embroidered sampler, with some unpicking.
Worry about tomorrow, rarely enjoy today!
Dazed and confused? No. Existential angst.
Pass the bottle before clarity returns
Luckily, never got my first wish.
Lifetime partner, love, laughs - what now?
I'm just happy to be here!
Four Weddings, Three kids, then cancer.
Intermitent loves here, there, now, then.
30 years two girls now branching.
Not quite finished, tell you later.
Really should have been a Lawyer.
Hasn't Been A Jane Austen Romance.
Bored, so bored, so very bored.
Run over twice, thankfully still alive.
Aged child actress still seeking fame.
Married childhood sweetheart. Two kids. Content.
Born London, lived elsewhere, died inside.
Partner, pension, motorhome, life is good.
Some no-balls but several boundaries.
Apple leads to eviction of two.
Unfortunately I didn't buy the t-shirt.
Philosopher, fire-eater, barrister, careering through life.
My life? Six words? God knows.
Knight on white charger never showed.
No A Levels but a millionaire.
Jennie, Emma, Jane, Sophie, Rose, happiness.
Any chance I could start again?
Lived, loved, laughed liberally and left.
Found it, Lost it, Found it.
Worked all life still paying taxes.
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