Friday, May 2, 2008

Veering close to six-word mania

You might be aware of Poynter's contest for a six-word motto for journalism.

Roy Peter Clark noted it had roots in a book called "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Obscure and Famous."

An excerpt courtesy of Amazon.com provided this beauty from Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm," among others):

"I asked.
They answered.
I wrote."

For journalists, that's great. But it probably can't beat this gem from someone (Lesley Kysley) whose name I don't recognize:

"Mom died, Dad screwed us over."