"The miserable childhood led to royalties.”
- Frank McCourt
"Writing is cheaper than a therapist."
- John Roedel
Who would have thought that years after Hemingway’s legendary challenge to wrote a whole novel in six words—"For sale: baby shoes, never worn"—he would have unintentionally created one of the hottest trends on the web? In 2006, SMITH Magazine gave the six-word story a personal twist, calling it the Six-Word Memoir. Hundreds of thousands of people responded to the challenge of summing up your life in six words, launching an Internet meme, book series and live event series across the country.
SMITH Magazine’s live story series at 92YTribeca continues with “LET ME IN YOU NARRATIVE WHORE: A Six-Word Memoir Story Show on the Writing Life from SMITH Magazine” features true tales about:
- The creation moment of the smash fiction series and Broadway musical Wicked from its creator, Gregory Maguire;
- What it was like to be a year out of the Ivy League and Hunter S. Thompson’s newest assistant;
- The travails of a voice over artist;
- And much, much more, including a story set to music by off-Broadway favorite Joe Iconis.
- Gregory Maguire is the author of many books including Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which became the Broadway sensation Wicked. He is the founder and co-director of Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit educational charity established in 1987.
- Wesley Morris is a film critic at The Boston Globe, where he recently became the fourth film critic in history to win the Pulitzer Prize. Prior to The Globe, he wrote film reviews and essays for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle.
- Joe Iconis is a writer and performer found on and off the stage. He’s the author of Bloodsong of Love: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Spaghetti Western (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (book co–written with Robert Maddock; SPF @ The Public Theater), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House Festival of New Artists) and Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People (The Lucille Lortel Theater, National Tour).
- Colin Nissan writes TV commercials, humor essays for publications including McSweeney’s, and books. Okay, one book called Don’t Be That Guy.
- Cheryl Della Pietra is a freelance copy editor and writer based in Connecticut. She has written for Marie Claire, Redbook and P.O.V. Magazine, among others. She is working on a novel based on her experiences as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant in Woody Creek, Colorado.
- Tricia Boczkowski is an editor-at-large at Simon & Schuster who has edited books by Chelsea Handler, Tim Gunn, Stanley Tucci and Tiki Barber, among others.
- Twanna A. Hines, aka The Funky Brown Chick, is a New York-based writer, experienced sex educator and reproductive rights advocate. Who the Village Voice called one of “the internet’s sultriest sharers."
One storyteller will be selected from our 'Six Words on the Creative" life Facebook challenge to be part of the show. The evening ends with an audience "Six-Word Slam" with prizes awarded to the best Six-Worders.
Door/Happy Hour (and $6 drink specials!): 6 pm
RSVP and enter your Six-Word Memoirs on Facebook
Tickets: $10 in advance/ $12 day of show.
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