In the four part video series below, Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, shares his personal tips on how to create and tell a good story. Glass is a master of the art of storytelling; I’m so glad for the privilege of sitting at his feet for a bit to learn. […]
In Part 1 of this story, a chance mention of a rock band to a friend opens the door to a memory of my 15 minutes of fame. It’s a story of how a marching band geek became a rock star, if only for one brief but happy moment. Listen to the podcast using the […]
Here’s a new edit of my story of middle school terror and certain doom. I went all out on this one in preparation for my upcoming storytelling podcast. I was able to improve the audio of the voice considerably (warming it up with some equalization), and added a theme song and background music. Would love […]
Story I performed at The Monti Story Slam on 22 June 2010. A tale of unrequited love and the most terrifying movie of all time. WARNING: Contains explicit language. (NOTE: I’ve begun experimenting with a podcast, hoping to put up at least one of my stories each week. I’m shifting hosting to my own site, […]
Below is a video of my story “Somewhere My Love…Anywhere But Here!” presented at The Monti Story Slam, 22 June 2010, at Alivia’s Bistro in Durham, NC. The theme of the night was “crushes.” Video was taken by my wife Karyn in HD, but compressed for uploading to YouTube. The first sentence of my monologue […]
Mark Traphagen (aka Foolish Sage) is a lover of dark beers and darker music, of things that are but are not as they seem, of contexts taken out of context to become new contexts, of stories that point to a bigger Story. Mark lives in Durham, NC, with his wife and pet Macbook Pro. He has two married daughters and six grandchildren, and works by day for Virante, an Internet Marketing firm.