Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community.

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. I've had...

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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 year-ol...

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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 stories ...

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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 breastfeeding going on.....

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Dec 12, 2018

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Aleathia Brown

by Suzanne Rust

With less hair, artist and storyteller Aleathia Brown feels more like herself… “I wanted to tell my Moth story because it is ties inwith the Unveiled Unlocked movement that I created to celebrate and empower bareheaded women. I also wanted to help expand perceptions of beauty. Shaving my head brought on a storm of emotions from fear and excitement to freedom and elation. It was something that I needed to share.” “Cutting off hair offers a new beginning. DNA has memory, w...

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