Earlier in the week, NY1 introduced you to New Yorker Piper Kerman, who's bestselling memoir "Orange is the New Black," about her time in prison, became a hit TV show. Well, her husband, Larry Smith, is also a memoirist, but he takes a different approach to that and the TV show. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Writer Larry Smith is best known for his - oops, I've said too much already. Because Larry's the "Six-Word Memoir Guy." He believes everyone has a story to tell, just tell it in six.
"That was eight years ago," he says. "I starting asking the question, 'Can you tell the story of your life in six words?' We've had a million six-word memoirs on the website."
Larry travels around the city and country, encouraging kids and adults to find their voice through the six-word memoir, publishing collections and amassing them on his Smith Magazine website.
"'Married by Elvis. Divorced by Friday.' "'Ex-wife and contractor now have house,'" he says. "One of my favorites is by Stephen Colbert, who says, 'Well, I thought it was funny.'"
Smith is also known to TV fans around the world as "The Real Larry." Smith is married to Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling prison memoir "Orange Is the New Black."
Actor Taylor Schilling plays "Piper Chapman" in the fictionalized TV version on Netflix. Jason Biggs plays "Larry Bloom."
Piper and Larry live in Brooklyn. She consults for the show and won't divulge any plot lines, but this interview might seem like a spoiler for some, because the TV version of Piper and Larry's romance is on the rocks.
"You know, to some extent, Larry Bloom, he has his foibles like all of us, but I'm rooting for the guy," Smith says.
Larry, on the other hand, doesn't mind the occasional spoiler, like when he saw a woman on the subway just about to finish reading "Orange Is the New Black."
"And I was like, 'Want to know how it ends?' She's like, 'Huh?' And I said, 'The Larry guy, he takes the subway to work,'" he says.
Piper's book about her year in a federal prison was 295 pages. Her six-word memoir?
"'Bad news, but it's not cancer,'" Smith says.
"I have about 10 six-word memoir t-shirts that represent different parts of my life, but the real, the one that encapsulates me is, 'Big hair, big heart, big hurry,'" he adds.
For others in a hurry, say it in just six words.