The concrete floor and walls around us began to crack, and sections of duct work were coming down, but the lights, the lights were dropping everywhere. And this huge vast space that we were in quickly filled with what I first thought was smoke but it was actually this thick cloud of dust that was being thrown airborne from this huge structure getting the living hell shook out of it.
And we were all underneath there, on the board line of panic, and… the power to the lights went out and we were in the pitch black.
”—Carl Pillitteri was working on Reactor 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant when disaster struck.
“It was late at night. Beautiful full moon. And I went in the water, and it was perfect. I had what, for me, was the perfect life moment. I sat there under the full moon, in the water, just feeling really good, the waves sort of washing over me, and I realized that’s what life is. There are these moments of beauty, like moons and oceans, and then there are moments of horror. And then it’s good again. And then it’s horrible and kicks you in the face. And then it’s good again. And then it’s horrible and a pigsty, because that’s what life is. But then for a moment it’s good. And for me that was enough.”—
Perfect Moments by Brian Finkelstein,The Moth (via man-of-prose)
“Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature.”— Brain Pickings (via rojospinks)
Sounds Alive is thrilled to present an evening with the people behind the Peabody Award winning storytelling group, The Moth, in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Lodge of Dublin’s Freemason Hall.
“I was also very drawn to a Celtic idea of thin place, thin times. The idea that there are places where we can experience that the veil between heaven and earth is worn thin, where the temporal and the transcendent seem to touch.”— Krista Tippett
"The thing you gotta understand, bud, is the internet hates women."
And I recognize that there’s probably those out there thinking that’s an incredibly broad brush to paint the internet with, but let me put it this way. If you could look into someone’s brain the way that you search the internet, and the internet was a dude, that dude has a problem with women.
Come join our artistic director, Catherine Burns, storytellers Edgar Oliver and Trisha Coburn, and co-founder of Narativ Murray Nossel for an evening of storytelling and conversation at Brooklyn Reading Works on February 13th.
I’ve been thinking about what to do with the Vespa key.
When I go to the Golden Gate Bridge, I need to take the scooter to get there. And when I jump off the bridge, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the Vespa key. I could leave it on the scooter, but then someone might steal it. And I could bring it with me, but they may not find my body, and then you lose the scooter too.
So, I’ve been thinking about what to do with the Vespa key.
”—Mark Lukach found his mentally ill wife sitting on the floor, deep in thought, and asked her what she was thinking.