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THE MOMENT: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure

The Moment book is here! From SMITH Magazine, creators of the New York Times bestselling Six-Word Memoir series, THE MOMENT: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). The Moment is a collection of and moving personal pieces about key instances - a moment of opportunity, serendipity, calamity, or chaos - that have had profound consequences on our lives.

The stories in The Moment take many forms: written narratives, photographs, comics, illustrations, handwritten letters, tweets, and more. Contributors include bestselling authors Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Gregory Maguire, musicians Melissa Etheridge and Judy Collins, 100-year-old journalism legend Ruth Gruber, up-and-coming new voices such as Benjamin Percy, Tao Lin and Said Sayrafiezadeh, and many people published for the first time ever.

Give The Moment as a gift and then ask the best question in the world: What's your Moment?

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Why not share your moment? You could be in a future book! Just submit your Moment below, via email, Facebook, or Twitter (#mymoment).

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The Moment: A Selection

A Moment: “Momento Mori” by Adam Rensch

September 14th, 2010 by Larry Smith

“There lives a voice there now, in the house of my memory, the ghost of the last thing my father said to me. This ghost is a comedian.”

Ask me how my father died and I’ll say, He fell and hit his head. I’ll say, It was a blood vessel that burst. I’ll say, It only took 30 seconds, because that’s what the coroner said. I’ll say, I don’t really know, because no one was there to see what happened, just my father, and he didn’t bother to leave a note, as I’m sure he would have written, Well I’ll be dipped in shit. He was always one to make these kinds of remarks at an inappropriate time—say, when you’re losing a lot of blood, when you’re crawling through broken bottles to find a place to die. Read more »

An Illustrated Moment by Adriano Moraes

September 14th, 2010 by Larry Smith

When we initially put out a call for “Moments” to see if the concept would work as well as we hoped, we contacted a few of our favorite illustrators (a selection of the Moments that will end up in The Moment book will be illustrations, comics, or photographs). One such artist, Adriano Moraes, immediately replied by explaning, “My Moment involved a punch in the face and a knife. Between choosing accepting one or using the latter. I choose to leave.” He went on to explain: Read more »

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