Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

The Moth is a storytelling godsend.  For those who haven't listened to The Moth Radio Hour on NPR (Sunday nights at 7 on MPBN), here's how The Moth works: a storyteller takes the stage without any notes and tells a true story for ten minutes or less.  Other than that, there aren't any rules.  Their … Continue reading Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Literary readings can be sad affairs.  At their worst, they're either quiet and bleached, the audience members every so often making an "Mmmm" sound at appropriate times when an image or phrase brings a slight tremor to their soul.  Or, they too often exist at the other end of the literary reading spectrum where audience … Continue reading Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public

Here's how you get away with reading sex scenes in public: make the experience really human.  That's what I learned from attending Steve Almond's reading at Space Gallery in Portland last Saturday (1.26.13).  Being raised in the Catholic tradition, where sex is often had but seldom talked about, I still squirm when hearing someone openly … Continue reading Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public