I wrote this a few months ago but never got around to publishing it. I’ve been thinking about the concept of detachment lately and hope to explore it a bit more in the near future, so I thought it might be a decent (admittedly unsatisfactory) primer for further discussion. I watched the movie, Detachment (2011), […]

Story Part II — The Importance of Telling your Story (My Depression)

Part one of the story series examined the following aspects of story: it’s importance and the listener’s transformative role in the transaction between the storyteller and the listener. In part two, I want to discuss the importance of telling your story. Between the two main functions of stories – storyteller and listener – we tend […]

Story Part 1: Mimesis and Story — the Art of Listening to that which Represents Us

The first time I was drawn to meaningful stories was in college. Simultaneously, in two separate classes, I was reading James Joyce’s The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and Nathanial Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter. The former, I “read” in high school, while the latter was not on our reading list, so both stories […]