The Search for Story

THROUGH THE AGES, stories have served as the primary vehicle for communicating meaning and truth. They are not merely the fillers of bedtime tales. The predominant storytelling medium in our culture is the cinematic film, and given the billions of dollars attached to the film industry and the royal status of its stars, it should be clear how important story is to us.

Story told in a movie or novel and story told in a single frame of a photograph are very different kinds of story. One occurs in the briefest moment (perhaps in 1/500 of a second) while the others are told over longer periods (hours or days) and reflect experiences or circumstances that span days, weeks, years, and even generations. What makes it difficult to ...

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