Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Based on Hemingway's notion, in 2006, SMITH Magazine started asking readers to send in their own six-word life memoirs. Life stories started piling in. They got everything from "Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!" to "The psychic said I'd be richer." They combined some of the memoirs into the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.

Now, just in time for Valentine's Day, they've released a book on love: Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak. The possibilities for these memoirs are endless. Some are sweet and some are so, so sad. Here's a sampling on love and heartbreak:

Love, much better in the movies.
Not always perfect. But so worthwhile.
First Christmas, gave me a toaster.
Waited for her to be legal.
Magnetic attraction fused two polar opposites.
I know you were the one.

These are amazing to read (you can do so on the website). Try coming up with your own memoirs on love—or just on life—and, if you're up to it, post it on the website for others to enjoy. If you're struggling with a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone, this could be the thing.


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