So I completely failed at the whole week of podcast reviews thing. Alas, life tripped me up and left me sufficiently distracted to ignore my blog.
But now I’m back! With a review of another of my favourite podcasts: The Moth.
There isn’t much more I can say to describe The Moth than their own brief description at the beginning of every podcast: “true stories told live without notes.” These stories are selected entries from their storytelling evenings held in New York, LA, and occasional touring shows across the States.
Most are stories of regular life, the kind of stand-out moments we all repeat over and over again in our favourite personal anecdotes. Some of these are told by celebrities or successful writers, some by random folks who’ve clearly never stood on a stage before. The Moth is extremely hit or miss, with the occasional overly trite attempt at a tearjerker or the more common semi-successful comedic writer trying too hard to be funny. These misses are usually just boring – but at a maximum of 15 minutes I never feel too put out. However, when The Moth hits, it does so very hard. Episodes like Jack Hitt’s recent “Slumlord” story, a story which slowly and intricately builds to a hilariously satisfying conclusion, make it all worthwhile.
While The Moth isn’t always great, it has enough excellent moments in its weekly updates (one 10-15 minute story a week) to make it a definite keeper on my podcast list. If you subscribe, be sure to delve into the archives (which unfortunately only go back a few months) and download the aforementioned “Slumlord” story. This alone, I’m fairly certain, will convince you to stick with The Moth.
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