Author(s): Catherine Burns (ed.)
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 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.
Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read.
"Brilliant and quietly addictive ... crammed with personality ... full of colour and life Guardian One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving" -- The Times
"New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket..." -- Wall Street Journal
"The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story." -- New York Times
"While these tales transport us into the lives of others, they also invoke recognition with our own; there are connecting wires with even the most disparate experiences and existences, the 'I's are turned into 'we's. They fulfil our fundamental human need to communicate, learn and grow through others." -- Alan Bett, The List
"The Moth is beautifully simple, authentic, a little bit therapeutic and utterly addictive. It is a joyful reminder of the power of the story the need for story-telling and the desire to listen, and to read, deeply." -- Helen Davies, Sunday Times
"[the stories] remains very much in the voices of those who spoke them and thus retain the vulnerability and rawness inherent in the situation of one person, alone at the mic, telling a room full of strangers something personal." -- Hermione Hoby, The Observer
"Like people holding forth at a dinner table, throwing in not their two cents’ but several dollars’ worth of experience, The Moth is a collection of fifty stories – transcribed – that were (a) true, (b) told to a live audience, and (c) fit the themes of the various nights of The Moth gatherings, as broadcast and podcast by PRX radio in the United States. From saving Mother Theresa from an infection on a pacemaker installed by the Pope’s cardiologist, to the brutal experiences of one of the West Memphis Three, The Moth is a book to keep picking up for months and years to come." –- Adam (staff)
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.