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

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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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"Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom." -- Philadelphia Magazine

"The brilliance is in the brevity." -- New York Post

"The pithiest of life stories." -- O magazine

"You could spend a lifetime brainstorming." -- The New Yorker

"Irresistibly clever." -- Chicago Tribune

The brilliance is in the brevity. --New York Post

Irresistibly clever. --Chicago Tribune

The pithiest of life stories. --O magazine

"You could spend a lifetime brainstorming."--The New Yorker

"Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom."--Philadelphia Magazine

"A fabulously appealing exercise both for writers and for readers."--Daily Telegraph (London)

"Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists."--Vanity Fair

"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."--Toronto Star

"Compulsive reading...as insightful as any 300+ page biography."--Publishers Weekly

"A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared."--Denver Post

"The pithiest of life stories."--O magazine

"In six words: Gimmicks should always be this fun."--Style.com

"These tiny windows into people's lives are at once addictive and illuminating, challenging and accessible."--Blackbook

"The brilliance is in the brevity."--New York Post

"Irresistibly clever."--Chicago Tribune

Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists. --Vanity Fair"

Irresistibly clever. --Chicago Tribune"

The brilliance is in the brevity. --New York Post"

You could spend a lifetime brainstorming. --The New Yorker"

In six words: Gimmicks should always be this fun. --Style.com"

Compulsive reading...as insightful as any 300+ page biography. --Publishers Weekly"

A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared. --Denver Post"

The pithiest of life stories. --O magazine"

A fabulously appealing exercise both for writers and for readers. --Daily Telegraph (London)"

Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom. --Philadelphia Magazine"

These tiny windows into people s lives are at once addictive and illuminating, challenging and accessible. --Blackbook"

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. --Toronto Star"

Synopsis:

Deceptively simple and suspiciously addictive, "Not Quite What I Was Planning: And Other Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure" is a thousand little glimpses at humanity - six words at a time. In 2006, "SMITH" Magazine decided to give people the opportunity to answer a Hemingway inspired challenge: What would a six-word memoir look like? Within weeks, submissions were coming in by the thousands and this book is the fruit of this amazing response. Famous contributors range from Joan Rivers to Dave Eggers, Mario Batali to Jonathan Lethem, Deepak Chopra to Moby. Most of the contributions, however, came from amateur writers. Examples; From Aimee Mann: 'Couldn't cope so I wrote songs.'; From Joyce Carol Oates: 'Revenge is living well, without you.'; From Joan Rivers: 'Liars, hysterectomy didn't improve sex life!'; And from unknown writers we have: Never really finished anything, except cake.Found true love, married someone else; Study mathematics. Marry slut. Sum bad; Caring for parents. Life is circular. This title presents a glorious mishmash of these and myriad other voices. It's a thousand little windows into humanity-six words at a time.

Whether the results are shocking, strange, silly, or sad, they are always entertaining, often inspiring, and totally addictive.

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