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Member since December 7, 2007


Right now, I'm reading:
"The Battle for Room 314" by Ed Boland

My favorite story of all time is:
Miller's Crossing ("Nobody knows anyone.")

In bed I like to read:
I like it when my wife reads me movies reviews from The New Yorker as I fall asleep.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
This American Life, Salon. ESPN Magazine. The New Yorker. The Moth. On bottle caps. The sports section of Philly.com.

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
I'm answering in sixes: "I'm always running late for yoga." "Threw spaghetti at wall; some stuck." "Now I obsessively count the words."

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
The 20s go fast. Slow down.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
"Fight Test" by the Flaming Lips.

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
My next book editor.

Larry_D._Smith’s Latest Memoir of 273

“"Light it up like it's dynamite."”

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