Things Don't Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World

Things Don't Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World

by Larry Smith

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What would you say if you had just six words to define your life? That�s the challenge Larry Smith presented to the online community in 2006. His quest was inspired by a story he'd heard in which a friend of Ernest Hemingway challenged the master to write a novel in just six words. The heartbreaking result: �For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.� Giving the form a personal twist, he redubbed the six-word novel idea the �Six-Word Memoir,� challenging contributors to create a half-dozen words of self-reflection. The constraint, it turned out, fueled rather than inhibited creativity: �Sometimes lonely in a crowded bed.� �Long journey but found my home.� �Fifteen years since last professional haircut.� �I still make coffee for two.� Inspired by Six Words� popularity in English classes and art classes alike, Smith recently called for submissions for illustrated Six-Word Memoirs, in which he asked students, whether in grade school or grad school, to provide a piece of artwork that enhanced their idea. The voices in "Things Don't Have to be Complicated" were younger, but no less profound. �Said he loved me, he lied.� �Two girls, both of them me.� �Big dreams, big heart, big mouth.� �I�m a Muslim not a terrorist.� �Life is better with headphones on.� This book contains dozens more. At its core, all offer a simple way for anyone of any age to try to answer the question that defines us all: Who am I?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016096711
Publisher: TED Conferences, LLC
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Series: TED Books , #27
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City

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