Tyler Stoddard Smith is a widely published humorist and the author of the forthcoming book Whore Stories. He is also a TNB contributor featured in The Beautiful Anthology, where he wrote a humorous essay that is not based on his real life.


What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

The picture on the Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing bottle.  I haven’t really been there, but it looks nice, and I often imagine myself there, frolicking.


How can we make the world more beautiful?

Add tulips and regulated nudity.


What is the most beautiful thing you ever created? What made it beautiful?

A skateboard ramp. The fire I set to it.


What is not beautiful to you?


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