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#15: Protest Stories

Our protests have damned the man once, twice, thrice. The thrice damned man.

Protest Stories
Last Friday we all gathered at Arboretum Cohousing to tell stories about protests personal, political, and leather bound. We heard a story about how getting arrested can do away with cynicism. We heard a story about the dangers of investing in art. We heard a story about Madison’s version of ecotourism. There were quite a few stories that involved getting arrested or nearly arrested. There were leather pants.

Next month we’ll tell stories about quitting. So start turning over in your mind all the things you have quit. Hopefully your cranial rock tumbler will spit out just the right gem of a story. We’d love for you to share it.

Protest Stories on Mixcloud

Remember there is a storytelling workshop here in Madison on March 22nd. Register here.

Five Questions for A Storyteller: Anna Zeide

Each month or so, we profile a Story Night regular by asking him/her five questions about themselves and their storytelling. This month’s “Five Questions” features Anna Zeide. You can listen to Anna’s past stories: A Jew Dealing with Christmas, The Frivolity of Ice Cream, and The Ways of the Jungle.

 anna

1.  When and why did you come to Madison?

I came to Madison in the summer of 2006 to start my PhD. Wisconsin had the best program in environmental history and the history of science–two fields that had recently captured my imagination. So, when my then-boyfriend (now-husband) Justin and I both got into respective PhD programs at Wisconsin, moving to Madison was a no-brainer. We arrived with a small truck full of belongings, and set up shop in a tiny loft apartment in the middle of downtown. Within hours, we had a couch off the curb and Justin had landed a 2-hour-a-week job playing guitar at the sandwich shop (Potbelly on State St.)

2.  What do you do with your time (when you’re not telling stories)?

Five Questions for A Storyteller: Steel Wagstaff

This is a new feature on the Madison Storyteller’s website.  Each month, we will profile a Story Night regular by asking him/her five questions about themselves and their storytelling. Our first “Five Questions” features Steel Wagstaff. You can listen to Steel’s past stories Feast for the Beast 2000Grimethorpe, and Touching Someone and Being Touched.

steel

1.  When and why did you come to Madison?

I came to Madison in January 2007 to start a Ph.D. program in English (literary studies). When I first arrived in Madison, I was driving a rented U-Haul and it had just begun to snow. We came over the crest of a hill and the first thing I saw were the golden arches of a McDonald’s. Not the greatest first impression, but my life has changed profoundly in this town. In the past 6 years (the longest I’ve ever spent in one town in my entire life, incidentally), I’ve divorced and remarried, earned a second Master’s degree in library and information studies and taken a full-time job at the university. I’ve still yet to finish the dissertation, but I’m working on it.

2.  What do you do with your time (when you’re not telling stories)?