Write your biography in six words.

March 16, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More

Putting one’s life description into only six words is the subject of a new book, Not Quite What I Was Planning.

This review published in The New Yorker gives you the flavor:

It started as a reader contest: Your life story in six words. The magazine was flooded with entries. Five hundred-plus submissions per day. That’s two, three words a minute. “We almost crashed,” an editor said. Memoirs from plumbers and a dominatrix (“Fix a toilet, get paid crap”; “Woman Seeks Men—High Pain Threshold”). The editors have culled the best. And, happily, spliced in celebrity autobiographies: “Canada freezing. Gotham beckons. Hello, Si!” “Well, I thought it was funny.” “Couldn’t cope so I wrote songs.”

[Visit Amazon “Search Inside” for a peak at some more examples]. 

Many of these six-word bios are quite clever.  Sounds like a great way to plan one’s epitaph.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Edgar Montrose says:

    "I never completely understood the rules."

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Good one, Edgar.

    I'm trying to decide on one. Here's one idea: "Not nearly enough time to sleep."

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    Here's a couple from the book itself:

    "No future, no past. Not lost."

    "Almost a victim of my family."

    "I was and now I'm not."

    "My life was a beautiful accident."

    "Many hands have kept me afloat."

  4. D. Minor says:

    Too much time, no real livin'.

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