Saturday, February 16, 2008

This Is Your Life--In Six Words

The next time you're at a social gathering and the awkward silence is about to overwhelm you, come to everyone's rescue by asking my favorite conversation starter: If you had to write your autobiography right now, what would you title it?

I don't know why I'm so fascinated with the idea of boiling down my existence to a few clever words (or even a single word of the year, as the case may be), but thanks to Smith, everybody's doing it now.

The online magazine recently released a book entitled Not Quite What I Was Planning, featuring the life stories of celebrities and Average Joes--summarized in six words. Here's a slideshow book excerpt:

Two of Smith's editors appeared on NPR last week to talk about the project and share more six-word memoirs. Many of the submissions are extremely witty or profound given the parameters, so the pressure is on to add your own two (er, six?) cents.

Here's mine. What's yours?

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