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  •  "Do the best stories reinforce what we believe?" (3+ / 0-)
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    bookgirl, Radiowalla, Limelite

    Ah, the best stories. We're going to be puzzling over which are the best stories, and why, for the rest of our lives.

    A lot of the best stories set up a powerful resonance with what we believe, and what we care about: they're the highest diving board to send our imagination spinning off of. Shakespeare knew this in his gut.

    The best stories are the ones that work for the reader, for many readers, I guess. Moby Dick is a lousy story, a misshapen hodgepodge unrelated to most every other 19th century novel. Somehow Melville poured so much heart and craft into it that he wove a mystery out of hunger, wonder and will. Decades later, thousands of readers decided it worked. Beats me why it didn't stay sunk.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 06:53:38 PM PST

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