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Larry Smith

Not Quite What I Was Planning

Larry Smith 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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“A fabulously appealing exercise both for writers and for readers.”

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“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared.”

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“Compulsive reading...as insightful as any 300+ page biography.”

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“In six words: Gimmicks should always be this fun.”

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“Irresistibly clever.”

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“Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”

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“Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”

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“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.”

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“The brilliance is in the brevity.”

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“The pithiest of life stories.”

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“These tiny windows into people’s lives are at once addictive and illuminating, challenging and accessible.”

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“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”


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