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

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

byLarry Smith

Paperback | February 5, 2008

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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.

About The Author

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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Title:Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and ObscureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:February 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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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.”