Though not nearly as well known as TED, The Moth is gaining momentum as a platform for great storytelling. The range of TED Talks is broadly inclusive of personal storytelling as well as high minded ideas grounded in social and scientific research. The Moth is more narrowly focused on emotional epiphanies drawn from life experiences – particularly those rooted in failure, frustration, futility, and fear. Note that many speakers have shared both stages including: Malcolm Gladwell, Janna Levin, and Ed Gavagan.
The ones with an (*) at the end of the title are featured in The Moth’s new book. Without further delay, here is the list of the 10 most viewed Moth stories as of December 20, 2013.
#1 Anthony Griffith: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
#2 Steve Burns: Fameishness
#3 Mike DeStefano: Franny’s Last Ride (*)
#4 Moran Cerf: On Human (and) Nature
#5 Dan Savage: Not That Kind of Gay
#6 George Lombardi: Mission to India (*)
#7 Andy Borowitz: An Unexpected Twist
#8 Neil Gaiman: Liverpool Street
#9 Edgar Oliver: Apron Strings of Savannah
#10 Ed Gavagan: Drowning on Sullivan Street (*)