Posts Tagged ‘story’


The Moral of the Story Is Probably Extraneous

April 17, 2015

Detail of 'Mary Death' by Matt Tarpley, 17 April 2015.There really isn’t much I can add; Matt Tarpley makes the point well enough.

Still, though, maybe that isn’t fair. Let this be the moral of the story: Among the rites of spring, this might well be the most important.

Be well. Read well.

Something about a thousand words and more. Or for every star in the sky. Still, it is not enough to encompass every dream we carry with us.

Oh, my. See me prattle on.



Image note: Detail of Mary Death by Matt Tarpley, 17 April 2015.


A Brief Note on the Philosophy of Story

April 12, 2015

If at first you don’t succeed―

Detail of cover art for 'The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of the Earth's Rarest Creatures' by William deBuys.The quest is perhaps the oldest story in human literature, whether it’s the Odyssey or Gilgamesh or the Jews leaving Egypt and looking for the Promised Land. We have quest stories deep in our cultural bones. But in many cases the quest doesn’t end with finding the thing that was initially sought. That was true of our quest in Nakai Nam Theun. But we found something else. We had an encounter with deep beauty. And this encounter changed my life. I learned something I hadn’t known before about the balancing of fatalism with optimism in life, and making those two opposites cohabit peacefully in my own heart.

Wiliam deBuys

―it probably wasn’t a total loss.

No, really, what am I going to say to all that? Every word I type only diminishes the … er … right.



Worrall, Simon. “How a Quest to Find a ‘Unicorn’ Changed One Man’s Life”. 5 April 2015.


Pop quiz: Analogies

April 16, 2008

A friend put this one to me today. I still can’t answer it:

Caricature is to character as _____ is to story.

Anyone? Anyone?

The first thought to mind was satire, but that answer is insufficient. In this case, it seems to me, satire is a subdivision of _____.

Of course, I could very easily be wrong in any direction.

Anyway, it’s your turn. Thank ye, and enjoy.