Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Paperback | February 5, 2008

byLarry Smith

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Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.

One Life. Six Words. What's Yours?

When Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way too. The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, and moving.

From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found true love, married someone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead"), these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite-sized pieces. From authors Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford to comedians Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell.

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Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.One Life. Six Words. What's Yours?When Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half dozen words. When the online storytelling magazi...

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor atMen's Journal,ESPN: The Magazine, andMight. His writing has appeared in theNew York Times, theLos Angeles Times,Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:February 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780061374050

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fascinating little book Having read a list of the "six word stories" online somewhere, when a customer mentioned this book to me, I sought it out. Given only six words, how do you encapsulate a life? Some of these six word autobiographies are funny ("Editor. Get it?"), and some are tragic ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead."), but a good deal of them manage to describe a life incredibly given their length. By no means is this a long reading experience, but I find myself going back and re-reading this one from time to time, and it makes an excellent exercise: could you describe your life in six words?
Date published: 2008-03-12

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“Smith seems to have struck a chord in the current zeitgeist, unleashing a torrent of self-expression not unlike the one launched by Frank Warren when he began inviting people to write their secrets on the back of postcards.”