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NPR: All In All, A Good Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

By Tim Barkow

npr.jpg Today, we had one of our biggest moments at SMITH, an appearance on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I got to sit outside the production booth while Larry and Rachel chatted it up with Neal Conan. Very entertaining and fun to hear the book title roll off his tongue.

Surprisingly, NPR put together a great slideshow of images submitted to the book, which when we saw it, both Larry and I slapped our heads, D’oh! So, here it is in all its glory. (We don’t like duplicating work here at SMITH.)

They’ve also started sharing six-word memoirs on their blog, which has so far compiled an extremely healthy list of commenters (too many for me to count right now).

All in all, a good day.

(Yeah, that’s six.)

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10 responses

  1. Mike G. says:

    Hey folks–I had no idea your website existed until I heard the segment on “Talk of The Naton” on Thursday.
    I loved the interview and love the concept—I have posted up about this on several chat boards I am on—so that should bring you more traffic and I posted up my first attempt at a Six Word Memoir.
    Great stuff here–as a writer myseld—I am going to have to contribute to your site in other ways–I am so glad you were on that NPR show!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Not surprisingly! NPR has a wonderful web presence! Also, not surprisingly because I spent five hours figuring out how to ftp the images over…

  3. Frank Gilroy says:

    Hey guys, I’m not going to make the part but I did start up a registry to connect the websites of all the contributors. Let me know what you think.

    http://frankgilroy.com/on-the-web/not-quite-what-i-was-planning-contributor-registry/

  4. Frank Gilroy says:

    Um yea that was suppose to say party … I need an editor.

  5. Cree McCree says:

    Great NPR segment, guys! Neal really kept it moving with the 6-word submissions by email and phone, which framed the book (and your comments) nicely. This 6-word concept sure has legs!

  6. Carol Smith says:

    Lar, Dad and I have been sitting at the computer looking at all the press on smithmag, when dad says to me, “O.K., But where is his web site?’
    Mom

  7. Ed says:

    Sounds something like this segment on On The Media, http://onthemedia.org/episodes/2007/11/09/segments/88671

  8. Scott O’Neil says:

    I just did a rough count, and NPR has over 250 more six-word memoirs. And that doesn’t include those that are fewer than six words or those that are quotations attributed to others (mostly authors).

    Nice job, NPR listeners!

  9. Scott O’Neil says:

    UPDATE: the 250 were on the “Talk of the Nation” page. “The Bryant Park Project” page has over 500 more (http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/2008/01/whats_your_sixword_memoir.html)

    Is there no end!!!!

  10. SanDiego says:

    The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

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