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"Of all the alchemies of human connection- sex and childbirth and marriage and friendship- the strangest is this: You can stand up and tell a story that is made entirely, embarrassingly, of “I’s,” and a listening audience somehow turns each “I” into a “me.”"
Adam Gopnik, on The Moth (via servoprovectus)

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      The Shed: Blackout - Story by Kristen Taylor



The Shed #2, July 27, 2012, Red Hook Brooklyn. Theme: Blackout. This story was told by Kristen Taylor.

So, there’s this new storytelling salon that happens in Red Hook once a month. I won’t lie, people I know host it and they are amazing, so I expect it to…

This time last year I told a story at The Shed Story Salon in Brooklyn. 

They’re having another one (these are monthly) this Friday, August 9th. Hope to see some of you there. It’s really a lovely event series. 

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For a long time I was working “safe” jobs for a steady income, but I had a creative streak in me that was just waiting to break out. I was very unhappy and had become a negative person who could not see the good in things. That time in my life wasn’t pretty. Midway through last year, I read “Just Kids” by Patti Smith. It helped me realize that you don’t need much to start somewhere, just your soul and freedom.” - Amy

Read more»Featured Shop: Seventh Tree Soaps | The Etsy Blog.

Woo, Etsy, telling the stories of its shop makers and keepers. Works along the thinking of Saint-Exupery’s expression about recruiting sailors not by detailed daily responsibility lists, but by inspiring “long[ing] for the endless immensity of the sea.” 


“Unwoven Light” - The beautiful installations of Soo Sunny Park (Rice, Gallery in Houston, TX)

EDIT: I’m very much fascinated by liminality (scientific, theoretical, and physical). I love everything about this video from the music to the lights and colors. Even her hair! Gah!

Could be even half as long, but how exciting it would be if more museums told the story behind the exhibit by introducing the artist in this way online instead of in video that played near an exhibit (or not at all). 

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And just as the marketing of a variety of processed foods turns the ostensible foodstuff into a delivery system for its additives, the story-processing that the Pixar list outlines turns movies into a delivery system for a uniform set of emotional juicings, and the result, whether for C.G.I. or for live-action films, is a sort of cyborg cinema, a prefabricated simulacrum of experience and emotion that feels like the nexus of pornography and propaganda.

The Problem with Processed Storytelling,” Richard Brody, The New Yorker, March 13, 2013.
It’s kind of a strange, murky piece, but interesting to think about what Brody seems to think is the way forward: have screenwriters create an intricate, complex world and then directors can play within it while making films. This is how fan multiverse culture works. Fans joyously clamber around in what isn’t canon, what didn’t make the official, but was suggested or hinted at for later or, within the story world, possible.

Choose Your Own Narrator (but have one, dammit)

Note: That is not the title of the NYT piece I am about to “” from. 

About 10 years ago, in creative-writing classes I was teaching, I began to encounter a particular species of student story. The hero was an unshaven man who woke in a strange room with no idea where he was or why. Invariably, something traumatic had happened to him, though he didn’t know exactly what. The rest of the story sought to reconstruct his arrival in these dire circumstances, via scenes that had been chronologically mutilated for maximum profundity.

My standard reaction to such pieces was to jot earnestly flummoxed queries in the margins like “Where are we?” and “Is it possible I’m missing a page?” During office hours, I would confess that while I found the work ambitious, I didn’t entirely understand it. The student author would look at me with the sort of pity summonable only by a college sophomore and utter six dreaded words: “Have you seen the movie ‘Memento’?”

No, I would say, I hadn’t seen that one. They would then recite the plot of “Memento” while I sat quietly in my cubicle mulling suicide.

Ten years later, I continue to receive stories long on vivid camera work and short on coherence. These manuscripts all lack the same thing: an effective narrator.

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Person Who Said, ‘Once Upon a Time’,” Steve Almond, NYT Magazine, Jan 11, 2013. 

Good thing Steve Almond is already married so I can just admire the writing from afar and keep on paying my lifetime single tax (I will continue to refer to LST for at least another week. I’m still hoppin’ mad). 

I always got that “Memento” was their “Bladerunner.” Most of their interesting narrators are zombies or vampires. That will mean something within ten years, I guess. (Makes thinking about the new “Gatsby” coming out this summer more intriguing.) 


Wall Dogs: The Midair Muralists Who Paint New York

It’s 8am in Soho, the thermometer reads just above freezing, and the sky is bleak. Taxis splash down the streets; New Yorkers stride with their heads down, leaping over puddles, carelessly bumping into each other. Everyone wants to get out of the cold, out of the rain, into the warmth.

Ten stories above — on a long, skinny platform hanging from the facade of a building at Canal and Mercer in downtown Manhattan — it’s a different story. Climbers’ ropes secured around their torsos, Jason Coatney and Armando Balmaceda stand in a melange of open paint cans and brushes. These two muralists of Colossal Media, the largest hand-painted advertising company in America, are heavily layered in sweatshirts and raincoats. But in this industry, c’est la vie. Paintbrushes in their fingerless-gloved hands, earbuds in their ears — “I like to start out with Miles Davis in the morning,” Coatney smiles, his breath visible in the frigid air — they begin yet another workday in the sky.

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Nice job, Storyboard. Really nice job.

      The Best Online Storytelling of 2012 « Groundswell


Josh Stearns has started a list of the best digital reporting of 2012. He writes, “I was looking for the kind of stories that could really only be told online because they brought together a diverse range of elements including some mix of text, video, audio, data and interactivity all in one package.”

Are there other stories that you think should be included in this list? 

Pretty good list. Now if we could get to community + storytelling…

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