Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Can you sum up your life in six words? The editors of the online magazine Smith asked its readers to submit six-word autobiographies, and the results have been published in a compulsively readable book titled Not Quite What I Was Planning: six-word memoirs by writers famous & obscure. This is not the type of book that you sit down and read cover-to-cover. It's more likely that you will find yourself following someone around the house, reading them out loud. 'Oh, here's another good one'. It is truly amazing just how much imagery, tone and understanding can be packed into a few words. There are a few sad examples (is 6 words long enough to qualify as an epigram?) in this collection, but most are funny and humorous. One of my favorites is "EDITOR. Get it?". If you like reading Oscar Wilde, tombstones, or bumper stickers, you will love this book. And you will probably be inspired to try to encapsulate your own existence in one short sentence:
Alaskan Yankee blog books, needs nap.

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