Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Bronx, New York, United States of America
December 13
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact for more info.


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FEBRUARY 24, 2011 10:02PM

The Lost Art of Storytelling

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I've been busy working on a project with StoryCorps, the independent nonprofit organization whose mission it is to record conversations of thousands of Americans and preserve their stories in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.  Some of those interviews are broadcast every week on National Public Radio.  Despite all the hard work, the experience has been very rewarding. It has made me realize what a wonderful gift it is to talk and listen to one another.  In this digital age, the ancient art of storytelling is as important as ever.

My grandparents told wonderful stories.  I miss them dearly.  My grandmother Prena was an especially talented teller of tales.  She used to love reminiscing about her younger days, and her eyes would light up as she recounted exciting stories -- some humorous, some scary, some melodramatic, all entertaining.  Even the stories that she would retell over and over again, she would deliver with the same energy as if she were relating it for the first time. Even though I sometimes couldn't understand what she was saying, I understood the heart of it, which is all that matters.

Take time to talk to one another and especially to listen.  There are some wonderful storytellers out there.  Pay attention to their stories and remember them before they disappear.

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You are so very right. I had no grandparents around to tell me their stories, however, my father and mother have passed some wonderful stories of their childhoods on to us. And, being a grand parent myself, I tell my grandson stories often, both real ones about my childhood, by his request and I do another type of story telling with him, whereby, he tells me a subject of interest...say, jets. And then I tell him a story around the object of his fascination. Some made up and some real. He is rapt with delight and big blue eyes that twinkle while he listens. I know this delight so well and love that you wrote about this important legacy we can leave for free! And to underscore the importance of listening, I'd have to say that listening is a rare art and one we all need to hone for our own sakes and that of our relationships with our peers and the children who look to us for a much needed loving ear.
yes - why dont you begin the trend? set up a day of the week and then set up an open call or something? it would be fun.

I personally come to this predominantly American space not really for news and stuff which I get on news websites or magazines anyways. I come here for a peek into the minds and psyche of the American people. I love stories. Would love to hear your story someday Nick
Eolling, I'll write my autobriography some day. I already have a title: "Born to Be Mild." :)
What - is "The Mild, Mild West" already taken?
I agree. Unfortunately for me there's no one left in the family to tell the stories anymore. So, I've begun telling them over and over to my daughters - through the years - not all at once. But it reminds me of this movie - "Crossing Delancey" where 'Sam' tells 'Isabelle' to write down the stories that her Bubbie tells her - because they should be recorded. This is a good post to nudge the rest of us, to most especially listen, but also to remember to share what we know. r