A Story About Putting Kink In Context

Dan Savage shares how smashing birthday cake into a college student’s face taught him empathy for straight people:

This story also appears in Dan’s 2005 book The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family. For more info on Bawdy Storytelling, which hosts shows in LA, San Francisco and Seattle, go here. Previous live storytelling on the Dish can be found here.

A Story About Surviving The War On Christmas Decorations

Simon Doonan explains what happens when window dressing the White House turns into the country’s first découpage-centered political controversy:

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Doonan is the Creative Ambassador for Barney’s New York as well as a Slate columnist, fashion commentator and professional window dresser. His latest book is Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria. Previously featured storytelling on the Dish here. Learn more about The Moth here.

A Story About Surviving Death Row

Damien Echols, who received three death sentences as part of the West Memphis Three, shares his struggle to have a life after being tortured  and almost killed – for a crime he didn’t commit:

Echols’ memoir about his experience is here. Previous live storytelling on the Dish here. Learn more about The Moth here.

A Story About Prayers And Pillow Talk

Elna Baker, who was raised as a Mormon, hilariously recounts a moment of truth she faced after falling in love with an atheist:

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Elna subsequently left the faith a few years later, and shares that story, as well as how she came out to her parents about losing her virginity, here. The Glamour piece she refers to in that story is here. Baker also wrote a memoir, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, and has been an occasional contributor to This American Life.

Previous live storytelling on the Dish here.

A Story About Leaving The Dreamhouse Behind

Ophira Eisenberg survived a car accident when she was eight years old. Here she tells the poignant, bittersweet story of how her recovery gave her the perspective that comes with growing up:

Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and a regular host of Moth storySLAMs, as well as of the NPR quiz show Ask Me Another. Previous storytelling on the Dish here.