Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
We were pretty excited to see user rui_y’s memoir come in yesterday. We’ve always thought SMITH should be about the chicken’s eye view — about telling the biggest stories of our time through the observations of everyday people. As we struggle to understand the enormity of what happened in Japan, it proves true again that the tiniest slivers of narrative can be the most potent. Today we got an email follow up, which is reprinted below:
“I live in Tokyo.
I really hate earthquake.
I am tired of earthquake.
Now, I can’t buy anything at at a convenience store.
Many train lines in Tokyo is operating at less than normal capacity
But, 6words provides a source of entertainment to me.
reading & writing “6words” is my favorite activity.
I’m your fun. 6words is loved by many Japanese (Haiku-Tanka-people).
Many thanks. rui_y”
Just another little endorsement for the power of personal storytelling, in the best of times, in the worst of times. Many thanks indeed.