Very Short List tipped me off to a collection of a different kind of short stories yesterday: those made up of only 6 words. Inspired by Hemmingway’s “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” the editors of Smith magazine asked contributing writers (“famous and obscure”) to submit 6-word memoirs, resulting in the collection Not Quite What I Was Planning. The sharp, pithy little memoirs (“After Harvard, had baby with crackhead,” “Found true love, married someone else,” Steven Colbert’s “Well, I thought it was funny”) made me wonder: how would my life read boiled down to 6 words? Maybe “Got it together in the end” or “Learned to stop thinking so much.” Hopefully not “Wore heart on sleeve, got screwed.”
cool stuff abounds. find your way on, off and around the gridI'm a writer and wide-eyed wanderer, culturemonger and experience collector. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, I've also lived in Sydney, France, Martinique and spent various random weeks and months exploring the spaces between. Possibly as a result, I'm not happy unless I'm on a plane twice a month going somewhere to discover something cool. This is where I'll attempt to collect and share some of the things I see in travel, design, retail, music, film, web, food, style. (I admit, focus has never been my strongsuit.) Day jobs have included years at big city branding shops, little town magazines and a stint heading up marketing for an alternative law firm's San Francisco office. I still have a foot in that pretty little city but my heart resides in Manhattan.
My other gigI'm also editrix-in-chief of TheDistillery, a marketing blog focused on media, design, and brands. It's a place where a bunch of stuff goes in and only the good stuff comes out. Drink up. DistilleryMedia.com.