Dispatches from the Moth

Interview

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Tim King

by Suzanne Rust

Tim discovers that sometimes it’s good to push your best-laid plans aside for the unexpected. How did you know that this was the story you had to tell? The story I wanted to tell originally was about an amazing colleague and friend named Robert Hoderny who tragically died. As I discussed this with The Moth producer Sarah Austin Jenness, she asked me in what ways Robert had influenced me. I told her that one really big way was that he was the person who had first pointed Keith out t...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Feb 19, 2019

The MOTHerview with storyteller Matthew Diffee

by Suzanne Rust

A New Yorker cartoon contest inspired Matthew to find an unexpected outlet for his art... How did you know that this was The Moth story you had to tell? I first told this story at a special Moth event that was part of The New Yorker Festival, so I needed something from my life that connected with my career at the magazine. Apart from that, I always love stories about "the struggle" and about risk-taking and leveling up and this is mine, or at least one of them. ...

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

The MOTHerview with Storyteller David Montgomery

by Suzanne Rust

The Spice Girls helped a teenage David find his voice…and he hasn’t stopped talking since. How did you know that this was the story you had to tell? I think right now with so many minority voices being marginalized and silenced, it’s important to hear this kind of perspective. Also, the 90s nostalgia is at its height! It’s time that people come out of hiding and admit that there is nothing wrong with loving the Spice Girls. Think back to 14...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Maria Hodermarska

by Suzanne Rust

An educated guess from a clinician changes the trajectory of young man’s autism spectrum diagnosis. How did you know that this was The Moth story you had to tell? I am a parent of a young adult who identifies as living with difference. I came to work with Larry Rosen at The Moth Community Outreach Program through Ben Drew whose organization, Open Future Learning, was looking to help parents of people who identify as living with difference tell their stories and to use these ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jan 08, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller James Braly

by Suzanne Rust

When James’ estranged family comes together to fulfill his dying sister’s wish, the author realizes that letting go can be hard, beautiful, and sometimes funny. You’ve told many stories for The Moth. What has it meant for you to be able to share those stories on stage, and this one in particular? I started telling stories at The Moth partly to understand my marriage. There was a human placenta in my freezer, two young boys in my bed, and a whole lot of breastfe...

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