I am obsessed with stories! I think my purpose in life is to make sure a good story has an opportunity to be heard. I like going to live events that basically amount to an adult story hour (lectures, author readings, story slams etc.). One of the great things about New York is that these events are plentiful any night of the week. I was especially keen to check out one of The Moth events. The Moth is a non-profit storytelling organization founded in 1997. You can check out their podcast, and some of their stories have been featured on This American Life.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day the story theme for the evening was “Love Hurts”. I got there about an hour before the doors opened and by the time the doors opened at 7 the line was wrapped around the block. The event was held in a small bookstore so it wasn’t able to seat all of those people. We managed to score seats, which was awesome since we were there for over three hours. The night was fantastic there was a story about a guy reconnecting with his mother, a husband pressuring his wife into a threesome, a girl figuring out how Jewish she was after a threesome, a boy figuring out he was gay by falling in love with his straight best friend, and a story about a boy who falls in love with his nurse. Those were the more memorable stories of the evening. It was such a nice atmosphere for the storyteller, very supportive and encouraging. It was fun to commiserate with heartache and laugh at the stupid things we do in the name of love.
If you have a chance to check them out on the road you really should. Other great storytelling events usually roll into big cities quite often. Stuff like Mortified, Found, Post Secret & This American Life hold live events that are really fun to attend. Also if you have a favorite author, they usually go on book tours which are a lot of fun and usually free to attend. There are so many great stories waiting to be told, you should go out and find one. Better yet tell your own!