I’d be interested to know what any of my storytelling friends think of this article. Leave your thoughts in the comments or shoot me an email. I’m honestly not sure what to think.
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I’m not sure I count as a “storyteller,” but my first question was: how is the author defining personhood? Seeing other people as human is his central idea, but is he (as my husband would say) simply “running on the leftover fumes” of Judeo-Christian thought in order to know what human is? –Interesting that at the same time he claims that the greatest artists are “against most religions”…
Hmm…my impression was that he had a pretty basic definition of “human”–a human being (vs. animal, earth, plant, etc.), but I read the article at work, which means I got enough to get the gist but may have missed important points, too.
I also saw the “against religions” part and actually thought it was mostly true–many of the great writers ARE against religions. Many aren’t, too.
I was also wondering what it means to be “great”–a writer good enough to get on his good list. He mentions many famous writers, then says that this or that work isn’t great. I can’t help but wonder what he means.
But he does seem to have a point about good storytellers being able to see both sides of an issue and portray both with sympathy. Does that make a person liberal?
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