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the lesson of The Moth

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Yes, technically the above title is grammatically incorrect. And, depending on your level of education and OCD, you might have a hard time getting past it and on to the rest of this piece. But that’s OK, we’re all a little different, and LA’s The Moth seeks to embrace that fact, while finding the linking commonalities in us all.For the record, the title is a reference to the 1927 Don Marquis poem ‘the lesson of the moth’, which contains no punctuation or capitalization because Marquis swore it was penned by an anthropomorphic cockroach named archy who couldn’t hit the shift and letter keys simultaneously. In the poem, archy discusses a moth friend of his who decides to ‘immolate himself on a patent cigar lighter’ in order to be completely surrounded by the beauty of fire, if only for a moment. And LA’s bi-monthly storytelling series The Moth really isn’t that much different. Held at various venues around town - upcoming events include El Cid and Venice’s Air Conditioned Supper Club - each show has a theme, and anyone brave enough to show up and put their name in the running could find themselves onstage espousing their take on said theme. There’s something dangerous, fleeting, burning, and ultimately rewarding about the whole experience. Even if it only lasts a moment.