I participated in a Moth Story Slam this week. This is an open mic forum which takes place in major cities all over the U.S. Each story teller has five minutes on stage. The theme of this one was “Hair”. I told the story of my alienation from my mother and in particular, how having hair similar to hers was a reminder that she existed. Although I was nervous to do this (it’s not like I do this sort of thing on a regular basis), it went very well. I declined to have my story added to their pod casts (the Moth is sponsored by WBUR) in order to protect my privacy (my name would be attached), but of course I am conflicted about this. In time, my complete memoir will, hopefully, be out in the world, privacy be damned. But for now, I am keeping it rather anonymous so that I can complete it without feeling the need to defend myself from people who most certainly object. Anyhow, here is the mini memoir, the condensed version that I told to an audience of about 200.
I removed this story because I signed an agreement with a (online)magazine where it will be published soon. After six months on their site, I will be able to include the link to it here.