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Can you sum up your love life in exactly six words? Hundreds of famous and not-so-famous authors rose to the challenge for Smith magazine's Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak.

The results are sometimes romantic: "He sees the me I don't" ... sometimes devastating: "For the children, I remain his." ... and often hilarious: "Found Jewish princess. Good-bye succulent pork."

Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak is Smith magazine's second collection of very, very brief life stories. In 2008, the magazine curated Not Quite What I Was Planning, a collection of six-word memoirs inspired by novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, when asked to write a full story in six words, responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, editors of the Smith memoir collections, talk with host Neal Conan about the process of distilling stories of falling in — and out of — love into just a few words.

Fershleiser's six-word memoir? "I finally threw away his toothbrush." And Smith's: "Our prison visitations were surprisingly romantic."

Smith and Fershleiser offer the following six-word suggestion for what to do with their collection of stories of happiness and heartbreak: Share them with someone you love.

Have your own story of love and heartbreak? Share it with us.

Excerpt: 'Six-Word Memoirs On Love & Heartbreak'

Red-eye. Him window. Me aisle. Love.
- Joanne Flynn Black

If I get Chlamydia, blame MySpace.
- Hanorah Slocum

Will government ever let us marry?
- Viki Marsh

Silently suffered his facial hair experiments.
- Elizabeth Minkel

Three marriages. Two divorces. BA .333.
- Ron Carmean

What do you want for dinner?
- Drew Magary

If only he wasn't a Republican.
- Holly Fitzpatrick

Tried men. Tried women. Like cats.
- Dona Bumgarner

Leap of faith. Shit, no parachute.
- Katherine Yunker

Inevitably, his obituary didn't mention me.
- R. Sue Dodea

We "I do" -ed. Then he didn't.
- Lisa Parrack

Palindromantically: Eros saw I was sore.
- Aaron Fagan

Two marriages. The wrong one died.
- Anne Hamilton

Best family ever. Thank you, Match.com!
- Alexa Young

Marriage, children, empty nest: Now what?
- Oliver House

Excerpted from Six-Word Memoirs On Love And Heartbreak from Smith magazine, edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. Copyright 2009. Reproduced with permission of the publisher, Harper Perennial.

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