By Larry Smith
What may you assert in the event you had simply six phrases to outline your existence? That’s the problem Larry Smith provided to his on-line neighborhood, SMITH journal, in 2006. His quest used to be encouraged by way of the legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to jot down a unique in precisely six phrases. His heartbreaking consequence: “For sale: child sneakers, by no means worn.” Giving the shape a private twist, Smith reimagined the six-word novel thought because the Six-Word Memoir, difficult individuals to create a half-dozen phrases of self-reflection. The constraint, it grew to become out, fueled instead of inhibited creativity: “Sometimes lonely in a crowded bed.” “My lifestyles made my therapist laugh.” “Wasn’t born a redhead — mounted that.” “I nonetheless make espresso for two.” encouraged by means of Six phrases’ reputation in English sessions and artwork sessions alike, Smith lately referred to as for submissions for illustrated Six-Word Memoirs, within which he requested scholars, no matter if in grade tuition or grad tuition, to create a section of art that improved their memoirs. The voices in 'Things Don’t must be complex' are more youthful than these of past memoirists, yet no much less profound: “Said he enjoyed me, he lied.” “Two women, either one of them me.” “Big goals, enormous center, gigantic mouth.” “I’m a Muslim, now not a terrorist.” “Life is healthier with headphones on.” This publication comprises dozens extra. At its center, the Six-Word Memoir bargains an easy approach for a person of any age to attempt to reply to the query that defines us all: Who am I?
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