Arts preview: Best Advice in Six Words

Jim Fischer
"The Best Advice in Six Words" author Larry Smith

Larry Smith's "Six Words" series began in 2006 as a one-month, user-generated storytelling contest on hisSmith Magazine website. The response was overwhelming, so Smith decided first to curate the stories for the site, and then to collect and publish them in traditional book form.

The first "Six-Word Memoirs" book was published in 2007. "The Best Advice in Six Words," the series' latest, will be the topic of a Six in the City event in Columbus at the Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams store in Clintonville on Dec. 9.

Jeni's founder Jeni Britton Bauer is among the "writers famous and obscure" to be featured in "Best Advice," and, as Smith said, "Who doesn't like ice cream?"

Smith, a new resident of Columbus with his wife, Piper Kernan (whose memoir was adapted into the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"), said the book events feature a brief introduction and talks from local contributors.

"We were seeing a lot of 'Memoirs' contributions that read like advice, so we added a new section," Smith said. About 75 percent of the book is taken from online submissions, with Smith and his editors seeking out contributors - including Madeleine Albright, Julianne Moore, Mario Batali and "Weird" Al Yankovic - for the rest.

Central Ohio native, Ohio State theater grad and NYC actress/arts advocate Allyson Morgan is among the "Best Advice" contributors, offering (to her younger self), "Ask Tooth Fairy for a Raise."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

4247 N. High St., Clintonville