Tell us your six-word memoirs!

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!

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  • Karrah

    I love Glee entirely too much.

    • lefty

      That’s an embarrassing memoir…the show hasn’t even been on for a full season! :)

      Mine would be:
      I wander, but am not lost.

      • Ambient Lite

        I like yours, well done!

      • missiworld

        Okay there, Tolkein. ;)

      • Nguyễn Quốc Toán

        Very nice, I like yours.

      • Lakia

        I really like this!!! I have to think of something for myself lol

      • Dede

        Lovely. mine is…should have done more with herself.

      • SetterRight

        Haha fail memoir. Especially since the real tolkein quote is 6 letters.

        “Not all who wander are lost.”

        If you’re gonna take ideas alteast credit / don’t mess it up gahhh.

      • lefty

        It’s a memoir…so I had to make it about ME, not about anyone…duh.

    • chaitra

      i hate writing never ending exams

      • Charlotte

        I hate sitting never ending exams

    • miztres

      I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ambient Lite

    Oooh, fun…let’s see…
    Greater than sum of my parts. (yeah, I know, it’s supposed to be that way)
    Lured by sparkles, she is drained.
    Feast on joy, anger will starve.
    It all began with Miller Lite.

    • paige

      Lured by sparkles, she is drained… sounds sorta twilighty to me!

      • Ambient Lite

        Heh, indeed it does.

      • Lynann

        A whole lot like team Edward.

  • Cardsgal

    Wish I’d taken the other path.

    • Monique

      Out of everyone (and many were great), I love yours the most! There’s just so many layer of meanings attached to your line, and such a great reflection of our time (i.e. “should’/coulda’/woulda’, etc.)

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Drunk on happy, down on life.

  • Kasey

    Was lost, but now am found.

    • Thomas Moroney

      That’s beautiful

      • Bitnara

        Hello Julius!Much loinokg forward to seeing you at Oxford again soon.Your KARNEUS date on 16 OCt is missing from your schedule – trust you’re on for that!!Peter & Fiona xx

    • Heather Holbrook


  • paige

    love my cake, eat it too

  • Ambient Lite

    So NOT turning into my mother.

    • cobagibu

      love it….lol…so great

  • BETH

    Loved life, lived to the fullest

  • EW

    Funnest article I’ve done this year.

  • B

    Former archaeologist wondering what went wrong

  • Tom

    sick of people’s cliche bull

    • SirDugald

      I guess we’re supposed to fill in the sixth word?

  • invaliduser

    my calling has me on hold

    • invaliduser

      found love to make music to

      • shagdora

        envy for what I already have

      • V.

        Couldn’t wait to grow up, regrettably.

  • Ceballos

    My pop-culture related memoir:
    So much TV, so little time.

    My more general one:
    Man..child…I can be both.

    • miki

      Love it! and totally identify.
      Mine is-
      All grown up, always go back.

  • paul

    Hated school, work SUCKED, retirement rocks!!!

  • ChrissyB

    Quality over quantity is my motto.

    • Mary

      stopped searching and enjoyed my life

      • David Plunkett

        waiting for real life to begin

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