Hi everyone! It's update time again here on the LTT blog.
The weather in New York has been pretty intensely indecisive lately. It's hot, then it's cold, then it's raining, then it's not. It's madness. I'm so excited to step away from it for a moment, and looking forward to taking LTT down to our nation's capital this weekend.
Eight amazing humans have agreed to share their stories with me over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Sahar Sarshar will be working with me to film stories in and around the National Mall on Sunday. If you're not familiar with Sahar, she's the amazing filmmaker behind the Iranian series Zir Zameen, or "underground," about underground artists and activists. Live Through This is featured in episode 6, below.
The Meet & Greet goes down Saturday night at Cause (1926 9th St NW) from 8pm until whenever. If you don't know about Cause, it's a philanthropub, meaning that they donate all profit to a rotating list of awesome organizations that deserve our attention. Currently, they are: Life Pieces to Masterpieces, One Acre Fund, and Year Up. Check 'em out. There's food and drink, good causes to support and good people to support them with. Come on out if you're in DC!
After I return from DC, I'm going to take a month off to travel (Cambodia!) and do a little self care, so the site and Facebook page might go quiet for a bit. I've got a few ideas up my sleeve, and need some time to consider how to put them out into the world in the most appropriate way. When I return, I'll start scheduling interviews for Raleigh (8/16-8/20). Note: Boston has been moved to April 2014.
Just last week, Lori Baird put together an amazing inaugural edition of Talk Therapy, a storytelling show here in New York, to benefit LTT. Ed Gavagan (The Moth, TED), Susannah Cahalan (author of NYT bestseller Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness), and John Flynn (Upright Citizens Brigade) shared some of their incredible stories, and I talked a bit about how LTT came to be. The whole shebang raised over $400, which I already have plans for, but I'm not going to tell you what they are just yet--don't want to jinx anything. I'll try and get some of that material up for you guys to consume ASAP.
Before I wrap this up, in case you missed it, I was on BBC World Have Your Say talking about suicide back in early June. It was one of the more productive conversations backed by a large media entity that I've been able to take part in thus far. You can have a listen here.
Again, as always, thank you so much for caring, contributing, and getting the word out.