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14 November 2007 @ 11:18 am
This week, Brezsny tells the Gemini:

"Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away," wrote novelist Philip K. Dick. I urge you to apply that benchmark to your own experience in the coming week, Gemini. You can generate a lot of creative energy by figuring out what is objectively true about your circumstances and what is merely illusion that's propped up by misperceptions and misunderstandings. You've got tremendous power to strip away the fantasies, both positive and negative, that are preventing you from living with 100 percent of your intelligence in the real world.

Interesting. Not sure what it applies to, but I've got some possibilities in mind. So: when in doubt, doubt. And to Leo, he says:

Stories interest me more than beliefs. I'd rather hear you regale me with tales of your travels than listen to you recite your dogmas. Filmmaker Ken Burns agrees with me. He's worried about the increasing number of people who love theories more than stories. "We are experiencing the death of narrative," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We are all so opinionated that we don't actually submit to narrative anymore. That's the essence of YouTube: Abbreviate everything into a digestible capsule that then becomes the conventional wisdom, which belies the experience of art." Your assignment, Leo, is to help reverse this soul-damaging trend. Spout fewer opinions and tell more stories. Encourage others to do the same.

Heh. Much as I love stories, I get frequent complaints about doing this. There's a reason that people prefer opinions (preferably mirroring their own) to stories. Opinions are easy to judge. Stories, like facts, take more work.
taoflaherty on November 17th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)

It's a lot more difficult to tell good stories than to express non-offensive opinions. I just went to a talk/art show by Lowry Burgess, and re-realized that telling stories is worth it. I'm not sure whether I agree with his opinions, but he's the best art teacher, because he tells stories and asks questions so well that I want to do the same, so that I can learn from them even if my audience doesn't.
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Noahangelbob on November 18th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Storytelling, like most things, gets better with practice.