Six word memoirs about life

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Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life by Larry Smith

Jewish life. Six words. Whats yours?

The enormously popular Six-Word Memoir project examines a subject bursting with words: Jewish life. With contributions from machers like Larry David, Jonathan Safran Foer, Henry Winkler, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Gary Shteyngart, Maira Kalman, Walter Mosley and Mayor Ed Koch, along with hundreds of first-time writers, Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life offers stories of faith and family, duty and identity, celebration and tsuris that will inform, delight and inspire.
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SIX WORD MEMOIRS - Mr. Francis's 8th Grade Class

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Pause for a moment and imagine the grand, confusing and ultimately exhilarating drama that is the sweep of your life. Think you can summarize it into a half-dozen carefully crafted words? He has just published his latest edition as a TED Book , and added a special twist: artwork. Smith put out the call for students ranging from grade school to graduate school to contribute illustrated Six-Word Memoirs. Today, the Washington Post features a slideshow of just a few of the mini-memoirs and images from the book.

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If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be? Our Six-Word Memoir project has since taken on a life beyond our wildest dreams. Preachers and rabbis alike have embraced six-word prayers. The six-word limitation forces us to figure out the essence of who we are and what matters most. This simple form of expression can become the starting point for larger discussions. Only Six?

3 thoughts on “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life by Larry Smith

  1. The small experiment soon became a global phenomenon, producing a series of books and inspiring millions of people to contemplate the deepest complexities of existence through the simplicity of short-form minimalism.

  2. And one of my new favorites is the six-word memoir,which helps demonstrate and hone the power of story.

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