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Haiku Nation–SMITH Mag in Time

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

By Larry Smith

SMITH Mag and the Six-Word Memoir project lead a story in Time magazine called “Haiku Nation.” “Like traditional Japanese poetry, the new pop-culture haiku says a lot with few words,” writes Jeremy Caplan. “These days digital eloquence is defined by pithiness. … In the book world, a surprise hit this year has been Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.” Read the medium-sized and very sweet story at

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One response

  1. Cree McCree says:

    If Smith’s six-worders are the soul of “pithiness,” can we now speak of “Smithiness” a la Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness”? If this is the same Jeremy Caplan, BTW, I remember him as a bright young assistant editor at Total TV and The Cable Guide back in the mid-90s. Very sweet story indeed.

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