Sunday, August 12, 2012

6-Word Memoirs On Bottlecaps

Recently, I bought a bottle of mint tea at a gas station.  I was amused to find that it had a "6-Word Memoir" on the inside of the bottlecap: "I want to be Tina Fey" by Elle McPherson.  Apparently, the memoirs are a marketing gimmick by Honest Tea.  The marketing copy claims that the idea came from "Ernest Hemingway's legendary six-word novel ('For sale:  baby shoes, never worn')".

I did some research, and it doesn't appear that Hemingway ever wrote that story.  Playwright John de Groot did however in a play about Hemingway.

It's also not really a story and certainly not a novel.

I posted about this a few years ago, and a more in-depth article will be appearing in The Journal Of Popular Culture soon.

Still, the concept certainly has caught on, and there is no denying it's one of the few literary forms that will fit on a bottlecap!

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