From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog: Story time!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Story time!

My friend Jamie in New Mexico tipped me off to this Reuters article about something really neat going on in New York:

There's a joke that goes around among prison guards. How do you know when a prisoner is lying? When he opens his mouth.

So began the last tale in a recent evening of stories about teen-age dreams and eating dog biscuits, being robbed, working as a copy shop manager for Xerox and being a prison guard at Sing Sing.

The five 10-minute tales were each as different as their storytellers onstage at The Moth -- a modern New York take on a tradition that stretches from Homer's epics to ghost stories around the camp fire.

Formed in 1997 in the belief that everyone is drawn to the heat of a good story, The Moth was the brainchild of writer George Dawes Green. Green wanted to recreate the feeling of community from his Georgia youth when he would lie in an overgrown backyard with friends on summer nights and tell mesmerizing stories.

The first meetings were in Green's living room. Since then, more than 35,000 people, through word of mouth, mailings and e-mail notices, have heard the call of the flame. Moth storytellers take to the stage about once a month in New York.
They've done shows/story sessions in SF, LA, and Aspen, and they're talking about taking the enterprise on tour. Austin would be such a great place for this. Maybe at the Paramount, or better yet, the State to keep it a bit cozier.