Dispatches from the Moth

Interview

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 06, 2022

The MOTHerview: Questions for backgammon champion Antoinette-Marie Williams

by The Moth

What have you been up to since telling your story? I still travel and play. There was a US Backgammon Federation (USBGF) for women where I placed in the top five of the US versus the UK. I placed first in the performance rating. I have also qualified for the US Women’s National Team Championship. I also give free lessons every two weeks on West 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue from 2 to 4 o’clock to anyone who wants to learn—whether they know some of the game, or nothing...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jul 26, 2022

The MOTHerview: Questions for Aleeza Kazmi about her story “Pastels and Crayons”

by The Moth Staff

The MOTHerview: Questions for Aleeza Kazmi about her story “Pastels and Crayons” Edited by Suzanne Rust How did you know that this was The Moth story you had to tell? One of my favorite things about developing a Moth story is that sometimes truths about an experience reveal themselves in the process of crafting the story. And that was certainly true about “Pastels and Crayons.” I knew it was an important experience that triggered a change in my life, but it was only through The ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Aug 20, 2020

MOTHerview with Storyteller Damon Young

by Suzanne Rust

How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? In 2016, when I first started thinking about how my book What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker would work, structurally and tonally, this story was at the center of it, because it functions as a bit of a synopsis for the sort of book I wanted it to be---an irreverent, uncomfortable, transparent, and (occasionally) hilarious dive into some of the genuine absurdities of existing while Black in America. And, well, I’d never read or...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 05, 2020

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Carmen Rita Wong

by Suzanne Rust

What did it feel like to finally share this story on The Moth stage? It felt like an incredible honor and responsibility. It also felt like the best challenge—the challenge to simply be me and tell a very personal and at times painful story. I loved it. I’ll even say that I needed it. You said that, as a brown girl growing up in New Hampshire, you often felt like an alien. Sometimes there are gifts that come from being treated differently. How did being an "outsider"...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 15, 2020

MOTHerview with Storyteller Christian McBride

by Suzanne Rust

How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? Years ago I was asked by my friend Gabrielle Armand to perform at a private event held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Not only would I perform as a bassist, but I was also informed that there would be a few people from the Moth at this event. They were looking for musicians who would be good storytellers, and Gabrielle thought I’d be a perfect fit for this. She asked me to tell the most moving story I could think of in five minutes. It ...

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