This might just be the feel-good story of the year: Douglas Seegers was a homeless wannabe country singer in Nashville. Then he turned 63, and became a smash hit in Sweden.

The Shoe Shiners of New York

Monday July 13, 2015

Hard to believe, but it’s still possible to eke out a living polishing boots. These photos capture what it’s like out there for a shoe shiner.

Subscribe & Win

Monday July 06, 2015

Are stories about thinkers, makers and adventurers your bag? Subscribe to Smith Journal and you could win one of 12 backpacks from Status Anxiety.

Hungry? Don’t eat without first consulting the Lucky Peach guide to Chinese dumplings.

Come Work at Smith

Monday June 29, 2015

Hands up if you’re an astonishingly creative, hard-working gem of a design pro who knows print inside and out and doesn’t mind swearing in the workplace.

Project Botanicals is temporary bar and restaurant pairing gin-based cocktails with botanically inspired food. And we've got tickets to give away.

How to Build a Writing Cabin

Thursday June 04, 2015

One of our contributors recently made a short film about how he converted his back shed into a swanky writing cabin.

Smith Journal Volume 15

Monday June 01, 2015

The world is full of people who followed their crazy dreams and turned them into even crazier realities. We’ve captured some of their stories in volume 15, out today.

Elk (bag & wallet giveaway)

Friday May 29, 2015

Going somewhere? Whether it’s overnight or overseas, Elk’s travel gear is great for carting your stuff around – and we’ve got some to give away.

Pre-Order Volume 15

Monday May 25, 2015

The world is full of people who followed their crazy dreams and turned them into even crazier realities. We’ve captured some of their stories in the next volume of Smith Journal, out June 1.

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