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  •  Come Talk To Me (4+ / 0-)
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    blueness, blueoasis, Avila, Wee Mama

    I can listen to that song on repeat for hours.

    I wanted to respond to this Diary for sometime. Wasn't sure how. I am a marketing dude. I talk to clients all the time and I feel they never "hear" me. I tell them, beg them to talk to me, to tell a story.

    So I tell them a story to make my point .....

    Before we really mastered fire and lived in caves well we painted stories on those walls. A successful hunt. A battle. There is something knitted into our DNA I don't totally understand but we like to be told a story. Tell me a story.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 01:09:55 AM PST

    •  keep (6+ / 0-)

      telling stories.

      Here's a story I like:

      "I know nothing. Nothing. And I want to know. I want to—. I want to know."

      "Know what?"

      "Everything. Why a star falls, and a bird doesn't. Where the sun goes at night. Why the moon changes shape. I want to know where the wind comes from."

      "The wind begins in a cave. Far to the north, a young god sleeps in that cave. He dreams of a girl. And he sighs. And the night wind, stirs with his breath."

    •  Exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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      blueness, Avila

      The successful novelist E. M. Forster in his Aspect of the Novel which was compiled from a series of lectures at Oxford begins with the first element, The Story, which he believes is the the lowest or most elemental of the aspects of communication but nothing further can exist without that.  He imagines caveman sitting around a fire telling stories which is what connects them to the first imaginative acts with language, and then goes on to explain that while essential the only reaction to the story as story at that stage, would be to cheer the originator if one liked the story or kill him if one didn't.  Obviously, an attention getting tongue in cheek scenario but it does tend to engage the reader.  He then subsequently takes up the other aspects such as plot, character, setting, etc.

      One of my favorite short stories is The Other  Side of the Hedge by Forster which is universal and I think still particularly applicable to our time.  It's very short and at least a few years ago was available online.

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