I guess it’s a sign of how busy things have been, that I never put the word out about my entry in SMITH magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. For those of you not in the know, six-word memoirs supposedly have their origin in a six-word novel Hemingway was challenged to write in barroom bet. Here’s Hem’s hexograph of heartbreak: For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. Launched in 2006 by Larry Smith, the six-word concept has taken off like all those superlatives — a rocket, a firestorm, hot cakes…
It’s a deceptively complex challenge to encapsulate a memory, joke, observation with not even a handful of words. But narrowing something down to its essence, enables you to say volumes. The results can be fantastic. And funny. Poignant. And gut wrenching. Some of my favorites:
Seeing God’s face in your face. Rabbi Laura Geller
Everything with us is a question, why? Mark Rosenblum
Thanks for the blue eyes, Cossacks.Lisa Brown.
So go visit the site, or better yet, buy the book. Tears, wisdom, laughter. What a deal!
My submission: Living on LES. Zayde would plotz.*
* Translation: I’m renting an apartment on New York City’s Lower East Side. If Grandpa knew he would have a fit.
And OK, what about a six-word contest right here?
Quick! Six words on menopause.
All the ones you mention above as your favorite examples from the book are super, but I think your own is the very best by far. You managed to combine contemporary insider-speak with classic mamaloshen – absolutely brilliant
Brilliant! Well thank you, my friend. I did laugh out loud when it came to me!
Couldn’t help it. Thank you again and always….
Very cool! I’ve been doing the six-word memoirs in my workshops at the ROPL and the students love them!
I’m sure the exercise brings up a lot gems .
Sure sign the end is near.
End of life? Or end of all that goes with what preceded?
Maturity finds me in a flash.
Heather! Thank you for starting my morning with a great belly laugh!
And thanks for being a part of this site.
The beginning of and the end.
Hot,hot but not to trot!
Was this one approved by the Missus?? Hysterical. Literally.
Swing set. Disco swinger. Mood swings.