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Eight Chosen Heebish Six-Word Memoirs

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

This Hanukkah, SMITH teamed-up with Heeb Magazine, to choose a different Six-Word Memoir on The Jewish Life winner each night, a contest. Each of the eight winning scribes will get a free copy of our upcoming book, Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six Words on the Jewish Life, which will be available this [...]

“My Charlie Brown Christmas tree bloomed.” Tis the Season for Sixes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Christmas is six days away and I have yet to start wrapping gifts in colorful paper,  ornamenting trees, framing my house in decorative lights or fine tuning travel plans. Fortunately, the SMITH community is not as holiday-flaky as I am. These ‘tis-the-season inspired Six-Word Memoirs range from shopping and shipping presents, St. Nick and the [...]

Make Art, Not Schwag—Gifts for Word Lovers

Monday, November 28th, 2011

When I started SMITH in January 2006, I did so with a core belief that I was going to start something that would add to and create conversation rather than make more noise in a world that surely needed no more. When I realized that the way SMITH would be supported would not be [...]

Six-Word Search: “Thanks”

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Thanksgiving: a holiday spent engaging in awkward interactions with extended family members, tolerating in-laws, preparing delicacies that are sweet, mashed, canned and candied and the stuffing of turkeys and ourselves. Throughout all of that, we somehow manage to keep things in perspective and celebrate a multitude of things—big and small and unsizable—that we are thankful [...]

Six-Word Search: “Breathe”

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

It’s that time of year already. With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching it’s easy to get so overwhelmed by a frenzy of familial obligations, elaborate turkeys, and gifts galore that we often lose sight of what it is we are celebrating in the first place.
Although it sounds simple, it’s important to remember to breathe; to [...]

Classroom of the Month: Parsons Senior Illustration

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

One of my favorite days of the year is the day I hang out with Lauren Redniss’ Senior Illustration Class at Parsons School of Design in NYC. It’s a special day, in part, because it’s such a thrill to see Lauren inspiring her students in her classroom; she’s a brilliant artist and author in her [...]

Six-Word Wordplay: “More… Than…”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The best thing about a smart and playful community of storytellers? You never know where they’re going to take things next. One of the most enthusiastic trends in six-word wordplay of late involves adding four more words to these two: “More… than…”
Some of the memoirs in the “More…” challenge are self-deprecating (“More pussy whipped [...]

“Epic chase scene. With super soakers.” The Ultimate Six-Word Test Drives Go Tweet!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

We’re in the final days of “The Best Test Drive Ever. Period.” contest, which ends on October 23, 11:59pm ET. The challenge is simple and the outcome could be awesome: Can describe your ultimate test drive of a MINI Cooper in just six words? One creative dreamer will get the chance to live out [...]

Six-Word Search: “Fall”

Monday, October 17th, 2011

As we move deeply into autumn, a search for the word fall in the Six-Word Memoir project reveals SMITH writers thinking about falling leaves, the end of summer, and that non-seasonal phenomenon of falling in love. It seems that we fall asleep thinking in six words, waking to find that constant things like leaves and [...]

Six-Word Search: “Barbie”

Monday, September 12th, 2011

This year, the iconic American doll Barbie and her male counterpart Ken are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. Never the types to miss an iconic event, SMITH Six-Word Memoirists distill what it meant, and still means, to grow up with Barbie, for better and for worse. Click on each writer’s name for more of his or [...]

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