david byrne
david byrne

Recently, Brainpickings put together a wonderful compendium of thirty+  7-word autobiographies of some of today’s most celebrated writers, scientists, artists, philosophers, and musicians. They are culled from Paul Holdengräber‘s legendary conversations with the world’s luminaries at LIVE from the NYPL; he always asks for a 7-word bio in the course of the conversation.

Our three favorites:

Musician, writer, ex-Talking Heads David Byrne (His is 10 words, defying the rules, which we love):

unfinished, unprocessed, uncertain, unknown, unadorned, underarms, underpants, unfrozen, unsettled, unfussy 

Author Joan Didion:

Seven words do not yet define me.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor  (his work Healing is below):

As if to celebrate I discovered a mountain


What an interesting thing to think about! How would you describe your life in 7 words?


anish kapoor 'healing'








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2 replies on “7-word autobiographies…what would yours be?

  1. As a refined trained & talented MD, as well to describe my life my seven words biography are: “I am a songbird in/of Go(o)d!

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