vol. 6, num. 16 :: 2007.09.07 — 2007.09.21
There are stories that you’ve heard a dozen times or more and even though you may roll your eyes when you hear the opening line yet again, let’s face it: it’s a good story. Furthermore, you have your own stories that you tell over and over again. “Each man has his own batch of poems” (Herzog, Saul Bellow). On the good stories that we’ve read, heard, lived and told.
Thoughts from a writing teacher and father-to-be.
On listening to both the factual and fictional stories that surround us.
A story about a man, a woman, a ceremony and more.
The clandestine motivations of storytelling can find us either apathetic or engaged.
Reflection on a nighttime ritual that fills various kinds of needs.
On the paradoxes and perils of rodent home invasion.
A grandfather’s death brings an opportunity to reflect on family stories.
An interview with Dawn Ulmer about her annual story.
A grandmother’s stories about death and destruction warrant both laughter and love.
A review of the work of storyteller Michael Perry.
On the cinematic audacity of Todd Solondz in Storytelling.
A review of Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A college professor shares a story of living in relationship with God.
On the unseen variables and pleasant surprises of life's road trips.
What unites these stories on the surface is that they're all made from old tapes, recordings found in attics and thrift stores. What unites them under that surface is that they all end up being stories about the legacies that fathers leave their children.
Telling stories from Scripture changes the people who learn them well enough to tell them—and changes worshipers who hear the old, old story anew.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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