February 25, 2010

Followed my heart with no regrets.

Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." In this spirit, Smith Magazine invited writers to distill their own life stories into exactly six words. It All Changed in an Instant is the fourth collection of very, very brief life stories. The tiny memoirs are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise. Here's a few excerpts from the book:

Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance.

Becki Lee

Alzheimer's: meeting new people every day.
Phil Skversky

I picked passion. Now I'm poor.
Kathleen E. Whitlock

Listen to the full story on NPR or share your own 6-word life story using the comment box. I'd love to hear yours!

A big thanks to Amanda Young for sharing this.


  1. Newspaper crashing; ulcer-ridden impostor almost free.

  2. Daaaad, gotta pee!

    ...In a bottle?