The Moment by Larry Smith
Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure

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From the creators of Six-Word Memoirs comes The Moment, a collection of personal stories from writers both famous and obscure revealing how a single instant changed their lives forever. An innocuous decision, an unforeseen accident, a chance conversation, a tag sale, a terrorist strike, a tweet . . . sometimes all it takes is a single moment to redirect the course of an entire life. In the tradition of Smith magazine’s Not Quite What I Was Planning and the sensational Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak—and in the spirit of StoryCorps, the Moth, and This American LifeThe Moment unveils everyday people’s inner lives in narratives of all shapes and sizes, with stories from six to 1,000 words, photographs, comics, illustrations, handwritten letters, and more. It’s enough to change your life forever.
 

About Larry Smith

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SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Larry and Rachel edited the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning, Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, and I Can't Keep My Own Secrets. They both live in New York City.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The earnest narratives tell of coming out and hiding, of seeking the light, the path, the truth, the way and/or the writers’ inner selves.

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Yet the family and friends of the contestant seem hesitant to use the button (such as when a paramedic contestant was asked if he had ever falsified official reports in the course of his duties;

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These were among the measures of what was called “a life worth living.”… Neuhaus looks out at his congregation and sees the very types of people who Montagu denigrated as having lives not worth living: In that moment, I knew that I had been recruited to the cause of the culture of life.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

The members of Gypsyhawk live in the moment - especially if that moment is reminiscent of the '70s - with their good times, dueling guitars and "Overloaded" tunes.

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Persephone Magazine

I’ve been teased before about my inquisitiveness towards other people — how I ask questions about family, about relationships, about all-time favorite meals — as though I couldn’t honestly be interested in what the storyteller might consider mundane.

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