It's hard to get out of the holiday mood and buckle back down to work. Feel like kicking back and listening to (or reading) a good story? Superhero Journal suggests several venues and websites, all fitting under the broad umbrella of storytelling.
Storycorps is a story collecting project, traveling the country with mobile recording facilities with the purpose of collecting stories from ordinary people. It's been operational since 2003, and visited Milwaukee last month. The stories are frequently featured on NPR.
The Fray is another storytelling project, begun by Derek Powazek, which has spawned a vibrant interactive community. There is a great story-filled website, and this group also sponsors Fray Days in various cities. The first Milwaukee Fray Day was in December of 2004.
Mortified is a collection of the most embarrasing and pathetic entries from teenaged diaries, shared by the actual writers. It's been showcased on stage and also featured on This American Life on NPR. Listening to it, a member of my family nearly drove a car into a tree because she was laughing so hard.
Superhero suggests Telling Stories, by Tracy Chapman, as accompaniment.