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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90029, Sunset Junction


El Cid was so packed for the storytelling slam that people had to sit behind the storytellers.

Dear ——–,
The guy on stage was telling a story about stuffing a chocolate heart into his mouth when he was 10. This was Tuesday night, when I finally went to the Moth, a “storytelling slam” with roots from New York. Alan invited me and I met him at El Cid shortly after 6:30 p.m., snagging one of the last seats. This event’s theme was gifts and Alan was thinking about telling a story about a kidney donor. Most people went for laughs. The chocolate heart guy talked about a Valentines Day many years ago, when a girl gave him the heart, watched him ram it into his mouth and and asked him to go out with her. (He said no and went to play kickball.) Another guy told a story about a frog, a dissection kit and masturbation. Some of the stories were really heavy. One guy talked about how a relative showed him how to mourn. In the end, the guy with the chocolate heart won. I guess cuteness trumps all.


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

2 thoughts on “90029, Sunset Junction

  1. I’ve been itching to go to one of these performances for ages. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Yeah, we should all go together some time. They have sessions in Venice on the westside, too. Bryan unfortunately couldn’t make it because he was inundated with work. Are you going to tell a story?

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