The Moth

The Moth

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 1401311113

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Moth

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 1401311113

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio show The Moth Radio Hour.

Stories include: writer Malcolm Gladwell's wedding toast gone horribly awry; legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' obsession with a Sarah McLachlan song; poker champion Annie Duke's two-million-dollar hand; and A. E. Hotchner's death-defying stint in a bullring . . . with his friend Ernest Hemingway. Read about the panic of former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart when he misses Air Force One after a hard night of drinking in Moscow, and Dr. George Lombardi's fight to save Mother Teresa's life.

This will be a beloved read for existing Moth enthusiasts, fans of the featured storytellers, and all who savor well-told, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories.

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a long wait.” But no, my dad didn’t get discouraged. And all of a sudden the door opens, and the young man walks in—plain cut, shaven, short hair—walks up to the counter, and they don’t even acknowledge him ’cause they’re still mulling over what they’re gonna do to save my dad, and finally the young man says, “Excuse me, I’d like to pay my fine.” And that kinda got their attention, but they still didn’t recognize him, and one of ’em walked to the counter and said, “What fine is that you’re

big pair of welders’ gloves, and I turned to my advisor. And my advisor gave me this one last piece of advice, “Be as inevitable as the tide.” And he sent me up to the monkey room. So I go upstairs, and I unlocked the door, and a waft of warm air comes whooshing out at me, and it smells like a combination of Purina monkey chow, monkey feces, and just plain monkey. And I walk in, and it’s a small room. It’s cinder block, and it’s just big enough for eight cages, four on the top, four on the

have the conversation that he denied me at the door five minutes before. And I realized, of course, what it was really all about. The appeal of instant messaging is that you control—the child controls—the means of communication. You’re not accepting the three-fifteen third degree. You’re claiming the right to control your own conversations. And so every day from then on it became a sort of ritual. It was practically Japanese. Doorbell would ring, I would open the door, Luke would come in, we

doesn’t make any sense.” And he was like, “Oh, I got ‘A’ because ‘A’ is for ‘Ace.’ ” You have to understand something about Chinese people. Chinese people are obsessed about being number one. Like, I have a belt now that says so. I’m number one! Ace! If you’ve never noticed, in Chinatowns across the country Chinese businesspeople always have to find the best “number one” name for their business in order to bring in money and good fortune, which is why everything is an “Imperial Dynasty,” “Lucky

grow, don’t develop. Don’t make any sudden movements or you’ll never get them back! Six years went by like this without a word from them. Finally, hurt and confused beyond my ability to hold it in, and frankly finding it difficult to maintain the illusion that this was temporary, I decided to make one last attempt to force the issue. I flew home and showed up, unannounced, at my mother’s office. It was an amazing visit. I asked the receptionist to page my mother and tell her that she had a

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