Thursday, January 25, 2018

New volume of talks from The Moth focuses on uncertainty

I received as a gift The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown from a friend after a hospital stay during which the doctors couldn't yet diagnose me, so I was living in medical uncertainty. It was a well-timed choice, focused as this volume is on talks about the unknown.

And aside from being a beautifully made volume--one you will want in hardcopy even if, like me, you mostly collect ebooks--this book does something I wish we'd see more of: It collects actual scripts (or in this case transcripts) of complete talks. Talks at The Moth must be personal experiences of the speakers and they must be true, but after that, anything goes.

This is a wonderful volume for the shelf of a speechwriter, a speaker seeking to learn how to tell effective personal stories, or that good friend waiting for a diagnosis or a decision to land.

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