By Rachel Fershleiser, Larry Smith
Deceptively basic and unusually addictive, Not really What i used to be Planning is one thousand glimpses of humanity—six phrases at a time.
One lifestyles. Six phrases. what is Yours?
When Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: child footwear, by no means worn," he proved that a complete tale should be informed utilizing a part dozen phrases. whilst the web storytelling journal SMITH requested readers to publish six-word memoirs, they proved an entire, actual existence might be advised this manner too. the consequences are attention-grabbing, hilarious, stunning, and moving.
From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found real love, married anyone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had child with crackhead"), those terse actual stories relate the range of human adventure in tasty bite-sized items. From authors Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford to comedians Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, to boring parents around the globe, every body has a six-word tale to tell.
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