Science is on the Storyteller’s Side

Literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall gives us a peek into the ways that scientific inquiry is beginning to validate our innate connection to stories.

In his new book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, Gottschall offers what he dubs “the first unified theory of storytelling”: validated proof from neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology that the more absorbed we readers are in a story, the more the story changes us.

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JK Rowling Inspires Us, No Wizards Required

Author JK Rowling speaks of failure and imagination as crucial to a life well-lived.

[E]ven if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom: As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Read the full transcription at “The Fringe …

Fact. Fiction. Does it Matter?

The eternal debate rages on, does it not? In this segment of human entertainment history, we seem to be swaying heavily toward factual stories — creative non-fiction, memoir, documentaries and the like — as “best”. But as we people will do, our collective minds will eventually change and the course of time will shift these pun-laden sands to invented tales then back again. In the meantime, here’s a little something from intrepid New Yorker, Charlie Todd, a man who understands with the fibre of his …

The Purity of Imagination. Witness!

Extraordinary cuteness aside, I wanted to share this with you. You, storytellers. You, weavers of imaginary worlds. Little Capucine reminds us of the sheer pleasure there is in allowing stories to appear right before our eyes, without forethought, software, or seminar-approved paradigms and definitely without straining for the best word. Sometimes the thread is all there is and it is good.

Without further adieu, I present Capucine! Via the blog of my cherished friend, novelist Susan Taylor Chehak.

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