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Right now, I'm reading:
Essentialism. And if I don't update this in a timely manner, I'm probably reading a leadership/innovation book, a memoir or catching up on that HUGE stack of magazines over there.

My favorite story of all time is:
Don't make me choose!

In bed I like to read:
Whatever I'm currently reading, but I keep spare magazines or collections on nightstand.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
Hippocampus Magazine (full disclosure: I'm the founding editor), Mental Floss, Brevity -- but I really mostly like to read in print, save for a few exclusively online publications.

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've been lucky. I cannot think of one. I try not to dwell on the little things.

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Pay bills. Get sleep. Don't change.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?

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