Dispatches from the Moth

Interview

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 05, 2019

MOTHerview with Storyteller NeShaune Lasley

by Suzanne Rust

NeShaune’s father may be gone, but his spirit of encouragement is here to stay. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? The night I told the story I was excited, nervous and anxious about the idea of telling it. But then a Bill Withers’ song came on and I was flooded with feelings of my dad and all the things he made me believe I could do, and I just needed people to know. I wanted someone else to feel what I was feeling…the strength, the love, the co...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 30, 2019

MOTHerview with Storyteller Edgar Oliver

by Suzanne Rust

While in military school, a stroke of good luck helps Edgar save face—and some important documents.What about you is most Southern? When I was growing up Savannah, it languished in a beautiful sort of desolation and decay. It had a haunted quality, like a ghost town, a quality I found very beautiful. Mother taught Helen and me to love all that was desolate, decayed and abandoned, and founded a society called the Society for the Preservation of Decay. It had only three members, M...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 02, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Frank Almond

by Jessica Cepeda

How did you know this was The Moth story you had to tell? I first considered telling it as a Moth story when Meg [Bowles, the Moth’s Senior Director] sent me an email probably in 2015. And then, it took a long time for it all to come together. In 2014, there was this Vanity Fair article and that got a lot of attention. It was big, and it was the most comprehensive. “This would work really well,” you know. I remember it took us a long time wanting to schedule or even get a concept of how to p...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

MOTHerview with Dana LePage (formerly Stallard)

by Suzanne Rust

Connecting with her Korean birth family helped Dana explore her identity, question personal truths and discover some surprises. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? It’s the wildest thing that has ever happened to me! But in all seriousness, the entire way my coming out story unfolded was such a life changing experience. Telling my story with the Moth helped me process everything, and it was incredibly healing. Identity plays a big role in your story...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 11, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Amy Brill

by Suzanne Rust

Amy’s special (and speedy) delivery gave her a new outlook on motherhood. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? I've been a Moth person since the very beginning, with people telling stories in George's Dawes Green’s apartment. I'd curated Moth evenings, and volunteered with workshops, but I never had a story to tell until this happened. It was such a transformative event that it was clearly a Moth story--though of course I didn't know what it was really about until ...

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