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10 questions for SMITH

If you think you can’t say much in six words, then you haven’t heard of SMITH. An online storytelling project, SMITH is the home of the six-word memoir, as in this one, from  a mesmerizing video from SMITH: “Desperate enough to read my spam.”

SMITH’s got a new book,  It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, packed with six-word stories. Until you’ve read these, you can’t really imagine how much drama and emotion you can cram into just six words.

And so, if you can write a memoir in six words, why not conduct an interview in six words? That’s the idea of this interview with SMITH founder Larry Smith. Ten six-word questions, ten six-word answers.

  1. Can you describe SMITH for us?
    A personal, participatory storytelling community.
  2. So your surname is really Smith.
    That’s my story. Sticking to it.
  3. Why six words? Why not seven?
    Hemingway legend: a story in six?
  4. What does your SMITH t-shirt say?
    Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
  5. Does everyone really have a story?
    Yes they do. Just ask them.
  6. What are your six favorite words?
    Reading and writing brought me here.
  7. Do you have a favorite memoir?
    In and out of hot water.
  8. And why is it your fave?
    The writer is my wife, Piper.
  9. Parting words of wisdom for us?
    Words carry weight. Choose them wisely.
  10. How was your recent book tour?
    Cities flowing with people and stories.


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