The art of the story is the generative force of storytelling, a need that is everywhere, like air. An old word for breath is the voice as it tells the story.
The story is a process of an irresolvable need to tell, irresolvable other than in the telling and telling of stories.
Stories are old gatherers collecting twigs for cave fires. They ignite from one another. They burn in many ways (88).
If landscape is a story, it is a story I read into myself. It is a story, therefore, of myself. What if it is an inner landscape made visible? (45)
Volume 80 No. 2 (Winter 2014)
- 6 /Such Simplicity, Robert Stewart
- 13 /The Others Are Strangers, Rashaan Alexis Meneses
Hankering for some good summer reads? A short fiction piece inspired by the month-long residency at the International Retreat for Writers in Hawthornden Castle, Scotland has found a home at New Letters. “The Others Are Strangers” is a first person account of a boy’s day out in Edinburgh. Though the story seems the furthest from your salonniere’s experience and background, I fell in love with the characters and voice. Take a sneak peek here and peep a shout out in Robert Stewart’s “Editor’s Note.”
Single copies ($10), without subscription, can be purchased here for yourself or any lover of lit. For fellow educators, perhaps this may be a piece to include in next fall or spring’s reading list? Would love to come to your class to talk writing with your students. Please share on your social media of choice, and, as always, many thanks for your support.
The art of the writing the story is, in part, a conversation with other stories. From one story, other stories are constructed…(89)
The purpose of a story often is the explication of our human condition (89).
A story is a combustion through written language, those sticks of words rubbed together. Language is an agreed-upon event. A carrier of meaning in sound or the silence of black flecks of writing on the page, the fish caught in a cage (91).
There’s an old magic of speaking into being. When you get it right, the story enters real life (91).