Friday, January 21, 2011

The Six-Word Memoir

Some years ago Smith magazine ( ran a feature promoting the "six-word memoir".  Your life captured in six words.  It was so popular that eventually at least one book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, of these catchy mini-autobiographies was published.  (Needless to say, if you can't get your whole life summarized in six words then the next best thing is to memorialize the most significant event of your life, and that comes across in more than a few of them.)  Some are funny, others brilliant, and more than a few are poignant, to say the least.  As per The Jilted Husband: "I still make two cups daily".  It's a great exercise for the mind, and I highly recommend it if you haven't tried it.  The best way to come up with said memoir is, of course, to pretend that your legacy depends on it.  Why six words?  My best guess is that, as a memoir exercise, it should fit on your gravestone when the time comes for you to meet the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Of course one of the all-time great six-word memoirs is this epitaph seen on a headstone: "I told you I was sick".  Describe your life in six words and post it as a comment below.  Then see if you can recognize the author of this one: "Confirmed atheist sustained by earth angel".  G'day!