Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 11, 2008

Six Word Memoir Contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 3:19 pm

So I’d almost forgotten about it, but some months ago my old poker playing buddy Dave Hirshey ,now big shot book editor, asked me if I’d contribute to an unusual anthology. It was going to be called %%AMAZON=97800061374050 Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Famous & Obscure Writers%%, put together by the editors of Smith Magazine.

I think you can figure out the gimmick easily enough from the title. But it wasn’t easy! Try coming up with six words to sum up the rich pageant of your life, the ups and downs, the loves and losses.

I went with:

Explained Hitler, Shakespeare. Couldn’t explain self.

But there were so many efforts I admired more, ranging from the humorous:

Maybe you had to be there.

–Roy Blount Jr.

to the meditatively profound (I think):

Melancholy marvel at how everything connects

–Lawrence Wechsler

to the sly and sexy:

Catholic girl. Jersey. It’s all true.

–Mary Elizabeth Williams

to the shamelessly smug:

I always suffered fools fairly well.

–Richard Ford

to the sadly romantic:

I waste time looking for love

–Sean Gannett

to the rueful:

Left Aruba for Maryland. Pretty dumb.

–Barbara Phillpis-Seitz

to the self effacing:

Well, I thought it was funny.

–Stephen Colbert

You get the picture. i could go on quoting, it’s addictive.

But if any readers of this blog would like to try their hand at a six word memoir, post it in comments and I’ll award a prize (non material, just my praise) for the one (or ones) I like the best.



  1. Fought the law; law didn’t notice.

    Comment by jeffk — February 11, 2008 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  2. Found my soul mate at 52

    Comment by charlie finch — February 11, 2008 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  3. Smilingly, she asked: Is that all?

    Comment by Banjo — February 11, 2008 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  4. Wherever I went, there I was.

    Comment by Mordechai Shinefield — February 12, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  5. Presidential Edition Hillary: I could not fit the bill Barack: The world has been my oyster Edwards: Let a smile be my umbrella McCain: I’m a prisoner of my desires Huckabee: Happy trails, until we meet again Rudy: Take me out to the ballgame Mitt: Take two tablets and call me

    Comment by charlie finch — February 13, 2008 @ 5:12 am | Reply

  6. Ron Rosenbaum liked my memoir best?

    Comment by Dan Mack — February 13, 2008 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  7. Well, it could have been worse.

    Comment by James — February 13, 2008 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  8. Few things have not been boring.

    Comment by Sarah Douglas — February 13, 2008 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  9. Fortunate beyond words; words my life.


    A midwestern boy dreaming of eternity.

    but usually just:

    Live your faith, share your life.

    Comment by Jeff — February 13, 2008 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  10. Dropped the ball, again and again.

    Comment by David Simons — February 13, 2008 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  11. anythings possible with an extension cord

    Comment by Natasha — February 14, 2008 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

  12. Pretended goodness always. God was fooled.

    Comment by Deborah Torgler — February 14, 2008 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  13. Ron Rosenbaum

    Secular jew because he couldn’t believe

    Comment by aloysiusmiller — February 15, 2008 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  14. Its like paying to do nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 16, 2008 @ 7:17 am | Reply

  15. remembering glories, wish they were true

    Comment by cfbleachers — February 16, 2008 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  16. Was laughing with you, not at.

    Comment by Andrew M. — February 16, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  17. Not completely over. Have time left!

    Comment by William B — February 18, 2008 @ 2:47 am | Reply

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