Six-Word Love Letters

Six-Word memoirs have become a cultural phenomenon. If you missed them on NPR or in The New Yorker, you probably heard about them from your friend, your mom, or your favorite blog.

Now SMITH Magazine brings you a collection of terse true tales exploring the complexities of the human heart: SIX-WORD MEMOIRS ON LOVE & HEARTBREAK by Writers Famous & Obscure. Brilliant in their brevity, the memoirs in this new book celebrate life in all its shades of red. Together, they are a valentine to every kind of love, but also to love’s evil twin. Some of the best memoirs, from “Ex-wife and contractor now have house” to “Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said,” reflect the other side of cupid’s coin—the breakups and losses that make the hard-won magical moments that much more powerful. 

Editors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser have once again brought readers a memorable collection that’s a diverse grab bag of writers—famous, obscure, gay, straight, single, married, divorced, and polyandrous, hailing from Mississippi to New York to California, Australia to Vietnam. An entry from sex-columnist Dan Savage sits alongside one by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass. Supermodel Janice Dickinson dishes out six words in the brazen spirits she’s known for, while Chip Rowe—aka The Playboy Advisor—makes a surprising revelation to his millions of readers. The world's most famous divorce lawyer, Raoul Felder, tells us, in six words, "Love almost always leads to heartbreak." Heartbreaking, indeed.

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