I don't exactly panic when my stamp supply wanes. A handful of clicks and it's tool box "fill 'er up again" time. Trouble is, I tend to over-do it when there are new choices available, then try to justify my need and recoup from my lapse into "gotta have it" greed by writing more letters. *sigh* It really is a win-win for all involved.
Note the date. April One. *grin*
The signature wax seal wasn't convincing. No, not at all. Funny things happen on April One. Okay, I recognized the stationery, but pretending was fun. "Pencil of unknown origin, but noble purpose" is noteworthy. Mrs. Duffy, thank you for the pleasure of reading your lovely letter. Your story is heartwarming, charming, and disarming. It could stand up next to any story in my new, little blue book.
The Moth Presents is one of the best, most well-made books I have had the pleasure of holding and enjoying in a long while. Book making is back, along with the pencil, and snail mail letters. Storytelling will never die. People love the art of telling, listening, reading and re-telling someone's truth or even a lie, convincingly. As long as it entertains, I'm in.
The cover alone is worth the price. The book is a work of art you'll pass on or along to another book-lover because of the words within the covers. My only regret is having already read more than a few of the stories. It's what I get for being a greedy reader. But I wouldn't change my circumstances for love or money since I love a good story, and willingly spend my ducats on words. Good words, strung together like rare pearls of great price on a length of fine satin string.
This is from the foreword by Neil Gaiman:
"What's the Moth?" I asked. It was April 2007.
"The Moth 's a storytelling thing," I was told. "You talk about real-life things that happened to you, in front of a live audience."
There's a Moth podcast. Hmm. Did you know about Moth and didn't tell me? I tell you good stuff.
Like now. I'm going to tell you about why Oxford American is one of the best lit 'zines of all time. Note the sky and the horizon matches the book's cover. Hello! You're likely to hear some of the best voices ever on paper right here. Reading one story at a time is more than enough with these storytellers. You have to cogitate and digest, regurgitate a little, and re-think until your thinker is sore. Most of the time anyway. I promise.
One of my very favorite authors is in this Spring collection! She is so . . . everything! I'd give up new books for a year if I could meet her. A conversation would be enough.
Oxford's cover mysteriously matches the blues on this cover. They're deliberately trying to mess with me. And yes, it's February's edition but I believe it hung around just for me. There's something really special inside that I'll share with you in the near future. Prepare to be
impressed pleased. See? I'm not just another pretty face. I'm your word friend too.
. . . to be continued