Monday, July 12, 2010

It All Changed in an Instant!

It All Changed in an Instant! More Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure
edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith [808.88 Fer]

This is the third collection of Six Word Memoirs from Smith magazine, following Not Quite What I Was Planning and Six Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. As with the earlier volumes, these were inspired by the (perhaps aprocryphal) tale of Ernest Hemingway being challenged to write an entire novel in just six words. His supposed contribution: "For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn". This collection features works primarily by unknowns, with a few contributions by celebrities or well-known writers. The entries can range from funny, ironic and off-color, to touching, thought-provoking and insightful. There are even a few entries from artists, whose contributions take the form of little comic-book or graphic novel pages. This volume also includes some brief biographical profiles in an appendix, giving more detailed background information behind some of the six word contributions in the earlier part of the book. If you end up finding these to be engrossing, and you're into Twitter, try signing up for the Six Word Memoir of the Day on that service. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Not Quite What I Was Planning, from the same folks.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Six-Word Memoirs page on the official Smith Magazine web site ]

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