6 Word Memoirs

In doing some research the other day I came across a series of books that I have been meaning to buy for awhile. They are books containing 6 word memoirs from all sorts of people covering life, love, and anything else in between. I think they are so cool and so powerful and I guess I relate to them a lot because I view art as being very similar to a 6 word memoir. They are both very short, a blip in the story, but often just enough to create an entire narrative around.
Not Quite What I Was Planning

From the description of the book on Amazon, the entire idea is captured so well...


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.
It All Changed in an Instant

Some excerpts from the book:

"Father: ‘Anything but journalism.' I rebelled." —Malcolm Gladwell

"Live man's life in woman's body!" —Diane von Furstenberg

"Met wife at her bachelorette party." —Eddie Matz

"The miserable childhood leads to royalties." —Frank McCourt

"I never checked my lottery ticket." —Casey Burra

"Shiny head. Hippie hair. Shiny head." —Wally Lamb

"Bipolar, no two ways about it." —Jason Owen

"So would you believe me anyway?" —James Frey

"Can't look at heart donor's picture." —Tonia Hall

"Healed with steel, then got real." —Dr. Mehmet Oz

"I still practice my Oscar speech." —Jennifer Labbienti

"I've done it all except hear." —Marlee Matlin
Love Wounds the Heart and Soul
Now, I try very hard to not commit to things that I dont think I can follow through with, but as another festival season begins I thought I might introduce a little exercise on my blog... so you guys can hold me accountable...!

I know (and have been told) I can be very long winded in explaining things and relaying stories, so this entire idea intrigues me so much, I thought I might start a little series of 6 word memoirs of my own... maybe surrounding my show and work experiences within the art world.... or just my general state of mind as the year rolls on...

Anyway, with my first show upon me this weekend, this shall be my inaugural memoir- 6 words to capture the beginning of another season- while I am still hopeful and optimistic! Here is what I came up with...
The Freckled Army
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