Wednesday, February 6, 2008

six-word memoirs

A recent post in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog takes note of a new book inspired by Ernest Hemingway, who when challenged to write a story in six words, came up with “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” The book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, includes this entry by a lawyer in North Carolin a: "Angry guy gets law license, sues." (The entries were collected by Smith magazine, which continues to collect for the next edition.)

The WSJ blog invited its readers to submit their own six-word memoirs. We will do the same--but ask readers to share memoirs relating to the teaching of legal writing. Here are a couple of mine, reflecting life at very different points in the semester:

  • Lecture, demonstrate, practice, grade, sigh, repeat.
  • Class gets it! Jump for joy.


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Here's my six-word memoir about legal writing:
"Be succinct. (That's two, not six.)"

Posted by: Janet Fipphen | Feb 7, 2008 6:51:31 AM

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