Who would have thought that years after Hemingway’s legendary challenge to wrote a whole novel in six words—”For sale: baby shoes, never worn”—he would have unintentionally created one of the hottest trends on the web? In 2006, SMITH Magazine gave the six-word story a personal twist, calling it the Six-Word Memoir. Hundreds of thousands of people responded to the challenge of summing up your life in six words, including some famous New Yorkers:
“The miserable childhood led to royalties.”
- Frank McCourt
Love New York; hate self. Equally.
- David Rakoff
“Secret of life: marry an Italian.”
- Nora Ephron
“My prostate hurts from all the grief.”
- Gary Shteyngart
“So would you believe me anyway?”
- James Frey
Six Words has traveled the world, but the addictive form all started in New York City. Now SMITH and ST/New York/RY invite you to share your New York story in Six Words. We’ll share stories of some famous New York Six-Word Memoirists, have a Six-Word Slam and give out prizes to audience favorites.
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