Larry Smith
Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH: Everyone Has a Story (, an interactive, online magazine about storytelling in its many shapes and forms. Before starting an online magazine with little celebrity coverage and even less funding, he led a fairly cushy existence in the world of glossy magazines. He has been the articles editor of Men's Journal, executive editor of Yahoo! Internet Life, senior editor at ESPN Magazine, a founding editor of P.O.V., and editor-in-chief of EGG. Back in the day in the Bay Area, he was an editor of the gone-but-not-forgotten Might magazine, managing editor of alternative news organization AlterNet, and editor of He writes about his own life and the lives of others for places like The New York Times, Salon, Popular Science, and Men’s Health. His essay, "The Last Smith," is found in Maybe Baby, an anthology about the decision to have children.

Entries by Larry Smith

Your New Year's Resolution in Six Words

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 11:17 PM

If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be?

That's the question I've been asking people across the world for more then six years at the personal storytelling community SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir® project.

The Six-Word Memoir is a...

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Six Words for the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Earth Day approaches on April 22 and I wanted to share some of the Six Words for the Planet that have been coming in since we launched a new Six-Word section on (a collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency). And I also invite you to share your...

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6 Words On The Jewish Life (Why Not More?)

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 8:30 AM

What makes a good Six-Word Memoir? After reading more than 500,000 and publishing five books of Six-Word Memoirs, the short answer is passion. We're passionate about how we define our lives, our love, our work-and, of course, our religious life (or lack thereof). With...

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Father's Day 2011: 6 Words On The Dad Life (PHOTOS)

(62) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM

When my son was born five months ago, I was overcome by emotions and overwhelmed by the job in front of me. Like the thousands of people who've come to SMITH Magazine and SMITH Teens who have now written nearly half a million Six-Word...

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Mother's Day 2011: 6-Word Memoirs

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 3:02 AM

There aren't many topics like moms to really light a fire under a conversation among a few friends, or even an entire community. No surprise that among the more than 400,000 Six-Word Memoirs submitted to SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir project, some of the most lovely, intense, heartbreaking, and hilarious...

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Valentine's Day 2011: Love And Heartbreak Six-Word Memoirs (PHOTOS)

(49) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM

The oft-quoted Tolstoy line "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" seems to hold true in matters of the heart as well. No surprise then that some of the most moving Six-Word Memoirs among the more than 400,000 that have been shared...

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Six-Word Memoirs: New Year's Resolutions (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 9:30 AM

I don't know of a better way to describe the more than 400,000 Six-Word Memoirs that readers have shared on at SMITH Magazine and SMITHteens than to call it a torrent of self-expression. The teens especially go nuts for the form--many have written thousands of six-worders. From...

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Long Year. Short story. Can You Sum Up 2010 in Six Words?

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:18 PM

Some years you just want to scrape off your tongue with your toothbrush. And 2010 feels like one of them. From the Tea Party and the shellacking to the BP Gulf disaster and Tiger Woods' texts, we made quite a mess of the past 12 months. But it wasn't all...

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Long Story Short: Six Words on Coming Home From War

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 5:56 PM

When we launch a new Six-Word Memoir project over at SMITH Magazine, the goal is usually to engage as many people as possible. The reason six words works so well as a prompt to define your life, hone your company's mission, or just make sense of your day...

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Six-Words in the News: Arizona, the Palins, Obama, Inception

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2010 | 2:01 PM

Each day over at SMITH Magazine, the storytelling community I started in 2006, members unleash a frenzy of self-expression in the form of Six-Word Memoirs. More than 300,000+ Six-Word Memoirs have come in to SMITH Mag (and its younger, amazing cousin, SMITH Teens) since we launched...

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Contest: Six Words on Life in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 1:25 PM

To celebrate the release our next Six-Word Memoir book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, SMITH Mag is having an event at the 92nd Street Y on Jan. 24 and holding a contest right now: What's your Six-Word Memoir about...

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A Weird, Kind of Awesome Contest: Six Words on a "Signicant Object"

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2009 | 5:05 PM

HuffPost readers are nothing if not the types who will willingly outsmart themselves. So you'll like this contest from Smith Magazine, creators of the Six-Word Memoir project, and Significant Objects, a weird, wonderful new project from Joshua Glenn and NYT Mag's Consumed columnist Rob Walker.

Here's how it works: 1)...

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Contest: "I Have Even Twittered During Sex" (Six Words on the Digital Life)

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 12:15 PM

HuffPost people should like this new contest from six-word memoir creators Smith Magazine and Frontline/Digital Nation. In six words, tell us how the web and digital technology are changing how you think, work, live, or love. Whether you've done things unimaginable just a few years ago ("I have...

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Contest: Six-Words on Water

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 1:54 PM

SMITH Mag's earthy friends over at TreeHugger have been devoting lots of virtual space lately to exploring our oceans and waterways in their month-long feature, Blue August. That got me thinking about a Six-Word Challenge about one of summer's treats and earth's increasingly rare resources: water. Whether...

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Contest: Michael Jackson's Six-Word Obit

(17) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 1:21 PM

It's been said by many, including the editors of SMITH magazine, that a six-word memoir can be a lot like an epitaph, the ultimate summation of one's life. We just launched a new six-word challenge: What's your six-word obituary for Michael Jackson? Leave your six words for MJ either...

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Six Words for Obama on January 20 (or: "And now for something completely different")

(6) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 8:52 AM

Inauguration day: What's it all about in six words? Hope or impeachment? Ending war of helping the poor? In other words: what half-dozen choice words do you want to hear from Obama on January 20?

SMITH Magazine and The National Constitution Center have put out a challenge...

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Korey Rowe and His 9/11 Row

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2006 | 6:35 PM

For nine months now, I've been publishing SMITH, a magazine about personal stories, personal obsessions and other "chicken's eye" views of the world. In that time, nothing has caused as much of a stir as our interview with Korey Rowe, a 23-year-old soldier from upstate Oneonta, New York,...

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SHOOTING WAR--Chapter 3: "Black Hawk Down"

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2006 | 6:10 PM

Real life and a disastrous war continue to imitate art in this near-future webcomic...

The year is 2011. Gas prices are sky high in America, President John McCain's approval ratings are falling and the Middle East is getting bloodier by the day. As writer Anthony Lappé explains in the beginning...

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Shooting War #2: Mad as Hell

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2006 | 5:03 PM

Would you be surprised if our misadventure in Iraq is still a quagmire in five years? Me neither. So what will it look like? How will the media cover it? Thatís half the fun, and lots of the horror, of Shooting War, SMITH Magazine's weekly webcomic set in Iraq,...

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Shooting War

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2006 | 8:35 PM

I'm the editor of SMITH: Everyone Has a Story, an online magazine about storytelling in its many shapes and forms. Our hottest read right now is the webcomic Shooting War, a near-future, media-obsessed story about a Brooklyn blogger who heads to still-war-torn Iraq after witnessing a terrorist attack on...

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