Monday, December 6, 2010

The Moth tonight—Why I moved to NYC

This weekend, I got a last-minute invitation to tonight's live performance and taping of The Moth.

Damn. I love Kristin Chenoweth. And Mos Def, Simon Doonan, Wes Moore, Aimee Mullins and Sirdeaner Walker. Any of these people would be cool to see read/perform. All of them at once. Too nice.

I get asked a lot why I finally moved to New York City this summer. No, not just to see The Moth. But definitely for opportunities like this, which are everywhere, all the time around this place.

It's exciting to be milling about in the same city with all these talented, creative people, too. The energy of this town is just unbeatable.

And I'm keeping my promise not to write about them or it, BTW. So far, I have no compulsion to do that. The upside to waiting so long to come here, and living in about 15 different cities around the U.S., UK and Middle East is that I think my brain has solidified outside of New York.

I don't expect I'll ever write with a New York voice or New York perspective. Which is good, I think. But I'm happy to get to live here.

More on tonight's event, from the invite:
A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power is a very special storytelling event to help combat prejudice and encourage greater tolerance. The evening will include five storytellers sharing a ten-minute, true story about an experience with bigotry or discrimination, without notes, from a stage to a live audience. Each story will highlight a moment of profound self-discovery and strength, making for a powerful and uplifting evening.
More on The Moth:
The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling; it was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has presented more than three thousand stories from people of all walks of life. The Moth Podcast began in 2008 and is now downloaded over one million times each month. The Moth Radio Hour has been licensed to more than two hundred stations across the country since it's launch in 2009.  

More on Characters Unite:
Characters Unite, USA Network's community affairs program, was created in January 2009 to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA Network's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance — on-air, online, and in communities across the country.

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