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Six Word Memoirs


National Public Radio currently has an interesting feature on their website called Six-Word Memoirs. The images and text are excerpted from the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.

The memoirs have a kind of word sonnet/haiku feel to them, and are inspired by Hemingway’s “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Is there any kind of literary merit to a book like this, or is it just a kind of vanity publication? Thoughts?


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Feb 11, 2008 23:36

I’m a fan of the miniature, so this sort of thing appeals to me, especially when the writing is paired with artwork. I certainly wouldn’t turn down a review copy.

Eric Barstad
Feb 12, 2008 10:37

I imagine, as with anything, there’s quite a range in terms of quality. If it was just the “memoirs” without the art, the book would probably not be as worth while. Some of the “memoirs” are quite poignant; others, meh.

Stephen Roxborough
Feb 23, 2008 19:48

i like this as a writing exercise, but want to know:
is it cheating if one writes more than one 6-word memoir?
i’ve written four in three days and i’m beginning
to feel a little verbose.


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