Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
September 5, 2014 7:20 PM   Subscribe

"Since 2007, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids has invited brave Canadians to read their childhood and teenage writing… out loud in front of an audience." This summer, CBC recorded and broadcast a 10-date tour. Episodes. Podcast.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle (15 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Sounds like Mortified Nation.

I would love to do something like this!
posted by GoLikeHellMachine at 8:12 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by notyou at 8:40 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

I've heard some of these. They are hilarious. Wasn't there a show years ago out of California called "Cringe" or some such that did this?
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:59 PM on September 5, 2014

Those thank you notes are awesome.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:48 PM on September 5, 2014

(There's a "You Might Also Like" in the footer of each GRTTWaC page which links to similar shows; including, yes, Mortified and Cringe.)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 10:17 PM on September 5, 2014

look up "my teenage diaries" from bbc radio
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 11:04 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

@ ThatCanadianGirl -- "Cringe" is a GREAT title for something like this.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 11:44 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

The earliest story I remember writing was grade 3 or 4. The protagonist was a drop of water living the good life in a sink faucet, then one day is drank by a human and leads the rest of the contents of the stomach in a rebellion, starts a riot, the human pukes and they all live happily ever after in the toilet.

Something like that anyway. CBC, gimme a call, I'm available to tour.
posted by mannequito at 12:11 AM on September 6, 2014 [4 favorites]

The very concept of this makes me want to vomit in my own mouth. Hell, I have panic attacks thinking of that old live journal drudgery, not to mention the little metal-lock diary which I hope just ceased to exist somewhere in my parents' basement. Shudder.
posted by equestrian at 12:45 AM on September 6, 2014

I've caught a few of these already. Enjoyed them at first very much. But something happened maybe halfway through the third program. The magic died. It was suddenly exactly what it was, a bunch of youngish adults indulging in some meaningless frivolity at the expense of their past earnestness.

I predict a very short shelf life for Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. Or maybe I'm just cynical.
posted by philip-random at 2:14 AM on September 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

We went to see Mortified in Austin last year because a friend was reading in it, and it was absolutely wonderful. I laughed, I cried, etc. highly recommended if you've got a chance to go.

I got up the next morning and dug up my old high school journal, and sure enough - I would be mortified at the idea of reading it in public, but it was fun & insightful & a bit sad to read back through what 17 year-old me thought about life, & how I'd matured.

The whole emotional process of the Mortified project is much more than the sum of the words read- it's a really fantastic window into how we grow, change, learn & become adults, each in our own often hilarious ways. It's a thing of beauty, really.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:50 AM on September 6, 2014

In Episode 7, skip to 17:15 or so, it is my favourite of the bunch. Cats cats cats.
posted by angerbot at 8:19 AM on September 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Open Mic Shame Night
posted by The Whelk at 8:30 AM on September 6, 2014

Before there was a radio show, the producer hosted open mic nights at a few different bars in Toronto, and my now wife and I went whenever we could. It drew a really positive, supportive audience, and we laughed so hard. The producer, Dan Meisner, is a great host, and I got up the nerve to read a couple of times. It was a great experience. It's good radio, but best with beer and a live crowd.
posted by thenormshow at 8:53 AM on September 6, 2014

I was on a regular journal-burning schedule for years. I'd keep a journal juuuust long enough to start getting embarrassed by my dumb/pretentious/self-pitying/lugubrious thoughts, then burn that sumbitch, in secret sweaty shame. So i'm exempt from this show...except that, oh shit, the internet is forever.

I feel for the kids these days.
posted by Zerowensboring at 10:09 AM on September 7, 2014

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