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Songs of Themselves

The New York Times (New York, NY) , November 16, 2008


The Moth was founded in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green who intended to bring to New York the storytelling traditions of his native Georgia, with audiences drawn to the tales like moths to the light on a rural porch. The group has grown steadily since its start, but in the past year, storytelling has exploded in New York.

Jim O’Grady, research director for the Center for an Urban Future, and a co-author of Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, gives a first hand account of appearing in a number of Moth storytelling slams, ending with a final exultant moment: "This is the story telling itself through me instead of me telling the story."

Subjects Covered: personal storytelling, storytelling festivals

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