The Moth: This Is a True Story

The Moth This Is a True Story With an introduction by Neil Gaiman Before television and radio before penny paperbacks and mass literacy people would gather on porches on the steps outside their homes and tell stories The story

  • Title: The Moth: This Is a True Story
  • Author: Catherine Burns Neil Gaiman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • With an introduction by Neil Gaiman.Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead The Moth is a non profit group that is trying to rWith an introduction by Neil Gaiman.Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead The Moth is a non profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers old hands and novices alike hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold out live events.The very best of these stories are collected here whether it s Bill Clinton s hell raising press secretary or a leading geneticist with a family secret a doctor whisked away by nuns to Mother Teresa s bedside or a film director saving her father s Chinatown store from money grabbing developers the Sultan of Brunei s concubine or a friend of Hemingway s who accidentally talks himself into a role as a substitute bullfighter, these eccentric, pitch perfect stories all, amazingly, true range from the poignant to the downright hilarious.

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    • jv poore says:

      An unbelievably awesome collection of fifty true stories, The Moth is the first book that I've read that I can unabashedly, enthusiastically, recommend to absolutely anyone and everyone. Far surpassing a giant bag of Hershey's Miniatures, this genuinely has something for everyone.This book pulls 50 stories from the archives of the not-for-profit organization The Moth; which was founded in 1997 and dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. You may have heard one or more of the thousands of [...]

    • Ken says:

      I'm a big fan of The Moth. Ever since a friend introduced me to the podcast in May 2012, I've listened to every show and attended every local event I could. Despite that, I was originally uninterested in the book — the spoken medium doesn't always translate well to transcription. But a promotion offered two $18 tickets to their next show when preordering the $10 book, so I picked it up as a money-saving move.The book contains 50 stories that they promise aren't necessarily the best, but are th [...]

    • Gearóid says:

      All great stories but the best way to enjoy is to listento The Moth podcasts where you can hear these great oralstorytellers.

    • Allison says:

      This book of short stories does what I think a great book of short stories should: delivers stories that are truly short (a few pages at most) that offer variety in terms of subject matter, tone, and/or style, while maintaining a singular premise that links them all together. Of course, the singular premise for that serves to link these stories is simple: they were all originally part of the oral tradition that is The Moth. Of course, those oral stories were all told within a time regulated time [...]

    • Patricia says:

      An exquisite collection of stories told by a variety of individuals at The Moth. The collection is nearly perfection and certainly an art form at its very best. There was not one story which didn't captivate me. "Storytelling, story- sharing, tale- bearing in the good sense, yarn- spinning. A lot of its success has to do, as always in life, with much preparation and calculation beneath the seeming spontaneity. For all their seeming inconsequence and improvisational air, a good Moth story is as c [...]

    • Shmuel says:

      The fifty stories in this volume are drawn from the thousands told at The Moth events around the country. They are presented as originally told, with no notes, before an audience, with only the barest minimum of editing. As a devotee of The Moth, I heard many of the stories when they were broadcast, and this collection -- the first of many, I hope -- has some of my favorites. In most cases, after reading one, I think: "Wow. That's the quintessential Moth story!" And so on, throughout the book. : [...]

    • Kirsti says:

      Fascinating, brief, true stories by . . . famous people (Richard Price, Damian Echols, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Joyce Maynard), people with interesting jobs (cop, prison guard, harem member), and people who have gone through harrowing experiences (such as being a hospital orderly trapped in a falling elevator and resuscitating a patient whose heart stopped as a result of the fall).

    • Neville says:

      I discovered The Moth phenomenon, not in its original format or the podcast, but as this book. It happened through complete serendipity in a Dublin bookshop a year ago - the type of real-life serendipity which algorithms make so hard to come by online. Somehow, it called out to me, and I'm glad I listened to my gut and bought the book, as it was honestly one of the few life-altering books in my life. Plus, it led me to discover the wonderful podcast. Maybe it's because these stories came into my [...]

    • Kevin Hinman says:

      A strange book to rate, considering the moth is an aural experience, but the stories in themselves, are really impressive, inspiring even. Worth checking out.

    • Sherry says:

      If I could give this book more than five stars I certainly would. It's that good. At times funny, poignant, thought provoking, heartbreaking and simply so damn great.

    • Reuben Stump says:

      The other day I realized I own a book of short stories.Perfect! :D

    • Mari says:

      Staggeringly good collection of stories that deliver a punch of emotion. Highly recommend.

    • Peter Boyle says:

      For those who are unaware, The Moth is an institution dedicated to the craft of storytelling. It's a live event which occurs in cities around the world, where anyone can get up and spin a yarn about an interesting time in their life. These thought-provoking tales are available on YouTube or in podcast format and now for the first time in book form, where fifty of the best have been carefully selected.There is something here for everyone, no matter where your interest may lie. These fascinating s [...]

    • Kathryn Bashaar says:

      Warning: this review contains a couple of minor spoilersI read this book in a day, lying on the couch recovering from some minor surgery. I liked almost every one of these stories. They all come, of course, from the famous Moth storytelling events, which started in NYC and now take place in many other cities. So all of the stories are true, and well-told. The best part about them is that so many of them are confessions of stupid or mean things that the storyteller did that they are sorry about n [...]

    • Arielle says:

      I enjoyed this -- and individually, I really liked some of the stories. Many of the stories. Maybe all of the stories? There were only one or two that didn't strike me in some way.But that's the problem with this collection. It's just too much.With the archives that The Moth has, I can't imagine it was easy to start to narrow down the tales. But more needed to be done. It weakened the best of the stories to share company with so many others, and when lines -- like "straight out of central castin [...]

    • Janet says:

      I stumbled across The Moth on my car radio one day and have been a fan ever since. The Moth is simply True Stories, Told Live. "Since its launch in 1997, the acclaimed not-for-profit organization THE MOTH has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      My brother bought me this book for my birthday because he faithfully listens to the NPR podcast of The Moth. Me personally? I'd never heard of it, but I knew it was perfect for a road trip because each chapter is a few pages of a true, stand-alone story. This book did not disappoint. The stories were diverse and hit on so many relevant topics like love, divorce, suicide, transgenderism, family relationships, etc I actually read this aloud to my husband on a road trip, and because it is a podcast [...]

    • Emma says:

      With a tag line declaring that the book contains 50 extraordinary stories you are setting the reading expectation bar pretty high. Thankfully that is precisely what these stories are, extraordinary and moving and beautiful and earth shattering, and more. A stunning read that reconnects the reader with the diversity of realities faced by their fellow human beings, exceptionally humanising and an absolute must read.

    • Giddy Girlie says:

      Great content, as you'd expect from The Moth. The one from Darryl McDaniels about his experience meeting Sarah McLaughlin made me cry with happiness.

    • Nicole says:

      In my review of "The Moth Resents: All These Wonders" I said, "After my son's creative writing class went to a Moth event at Portland's (Maine) State Theater, I was excited to read this book. What a disappointment. Most of the storytellers are famous authors, screenplay writers, and actors from New York and Los Angeles. Where were the tales of average Joes from Ohio, the experiences of regular Janes from Louisiana? I mean, if I want to hear from Meg Wolitzer or Jane Green, I can go to my library [...]

    • Sherri says:

      Anyone listen to The Moth podcasts? I'd never heard of them until I stumbled across this book in a friend's review. They are true stories originally told live to an audience by the person who experienced them (first person). The Moth took 50 of their best stories and put them to paper with great results. All of the stories are entertaining, and a handful are incredible. Now I'm wondering if they'd be even better in podcast form?

    • Maria says:

      These stories are beautiful and also heart crushing in their honesty. The first one, Life on a Mobius Strip by Janna Levin, is one of the best stories I have read. Knowing that all Moth stories are true, in just 10 pages I cried in wonderment at the divine synchronicity of the world and laughed, you just can't make this stuff up and it's fabulous.

    • Leslie says:

      This is a book of 50 true stories, all personal in nature. “Live and learn” could be the sub-title of this book. It includes a shocking confession by Joyce Maynard about an incredibly dumb thing she did. She’s lucky it didn’t wind up costly the life of her and her kids.

    • Mark Enderle says:

      Tasty, bite-sized morsels of storytelling.

    • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

      There's nothing like stories, folks. Stories told from one's life. Sad stories, lots of them. Tragedy. Redemption. Stories of incredible joy. Good fortune. Carrying on. This is an amazing book.

    • Fiona Murphy McCormack says:

      actually finished this a while ago, only realised that I had it in 'currently reading'. Some stories are still stuck in my brain. I read this all out of order going to each category by mood and found that more enjoyable than the layout.I love the concept of the moth and will definitely be reading the second edition!

    • Julia Hart says:

      Beautiful stories by people from all walks of life which capture the wonderful spectrum of human emotion and experience.

    • Josh Ang says:

      The Moth is a storytelling platform and this volume collects 50 diverse pieces by these writers/orators. There is an oratory element to each of these tales that gives an immediacy and rawness without the polish of a written story, and rightly so because they all originated from standup storytelling sessions.In Neil Gaiman's introduction, he explains one of the basic tenets of the Moth: "Honesty matters. Vulnerability matters. Being open about who you were at the moment in time when you were in a [...]

    • Hannah says:

      This book is rather unusual by the fact that you do not have to fully commit from reading beginning to end. The stories within it are incredibly diverse and I enjoy the feeling and reading something new daily! Plus I love the fact that 'The Moth' event is something that represents how storytelling began - with various tellers and an audience.

    • Dana Mccloskey says:

      Such an awesome book. I've been a long time follower of the Moth and the Moth podcast. This is sort of a best of collection of some of their most captivating stories over the years. If you aren't familiar with The Moth I strongly encourage you to check it out. It is a live storytelling event that was created by its founder who longed for the nights he used to spend on his neighbors front porch in Georgia staying up late telling stories into the night as moth's danced in the flicker of the porch [...]

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