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Laurie David Talks Six at the Dinner Table

Friday, February 4th, 2011

By Larry Smith

Our newest fan is Laurie David, environmental activist, An Inconvenient Truth producer, Huffington Post blogger, and now author. I had to chance to speak with Laurie a few week ago, asking her to share a “Moment” for our new book (she’s got a great one; you can read it when the book comes next January). She told me about her own new book, of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a manifesto (with great receipes and games) about the importance of having dinner together as a family. (Her ex, Seinfeld creator, Larry David, still comes over once a week for a family dinner; that’s practicing what you preach). I then relayed the story of the Six-Word Memoir project’s own table-side beginnings.

Just before Thanksgiving, we quietly tossed out the Six-Word Memoir challenge to the SMITH Magazine community. When I went home for the holiday, I remember telling my family about the latest doings on the site—and then watching as something fascinating unfolded: everyone started sharing Six-Word Memoirs at the table. The youngest member of my family and the oldest alike came up with sixes. The most writerly and least likely to crack a book both got the bug.

Now, more than five years later, Laurie David, among the world’s most famous advocates for the something so simple and so vital—the family dinner and the rituals that accompany it—brings six words full circle. Read her post about her new favorite conversation starter.

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