Somebody’s little girl- how easy it is to make a sob story over who she once was and who she now is.
In the average newspaper there is not a complete suppression of stories that the sacred cows don’t want printed. But rather what happens is that the stories get printed with stresses, colorations and emphasis that favor the sacred cows.
Some of what we read in classical literature is not relative to our condition, but then many women novelists and poets have turned it upside down and told the stories from the other point of view.
We all like stories that make us cry. It’s so nice to feel sad when you’ve nothing in particular to feel sad about.
I think history has less of an impact on current times than the stories that we tell ourselves about that history [do].
The power that comes from knowing the facts of history is dwarfed by the power that comes from being able to shape the stories about how that history is written and told.
Solid information is necessary, but insufficient. We also need to present that information in ways that are inspiring and accessible. That’s where stories come in.
Aurelie Sheehan’s absorbing stories have depth miles beneath their compelling surface. They radiate a wisdom, beauty and originality rare in contemporary fiction.
I think the thing I really got from Ginsberg was that you can tell a story through kind of painting pictures with words. And when I found out that you could have a profession doing that, it was thrilling to me. It just became my passion immediately, playing with words and poetry.
I’ve been reading tabloids since I was nine. I love a good story.
And I really have done everything that I said I did do. The rest is just a story that somebody else made up.
Mike Tyson’s life is one of the most amazing American stories.
I like storytelling. We all have an active thing that we do that gives us self-esteem, that makes us proud; it’s necessary. I have to tell stories because that’s the way the wiring went in.
I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don’t describe anything in the society outside.
Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn’t primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
In ordinary detective novels you never see the consequences of what happens in a story in the next book. That you do in mine.
When this is all over I’m going to found an association called ‘The Knights of the Idiotic Table’ and its purpose will be to arrange an annual dinner where we tell stories about Lisbeth Salander. You’re all members.
Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say… that I have, of course.
If you follow the trail of your own enthusiastically repeated stories, you will begin to rediscover the things that invigorate and enliven you.
We tell the real truth of our life by the stories we repeatedly tell.
Begin as if you will finish. Let the story be told that you had the courage to begin.
What I always try to do in all my books is to make the stories such that if you don’t agree with me politically or you’re not interested in the thematics, the story will still keep you turning the pages.
I was always inventing characters and making up stories.
We’re part of each other’s lives. We’re in each other’s stories.
If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives.
This is a particular thing, you know, catholic stories of martyrs who had their head removed and then continued to be miraculous in the last moments of their life.
The approach to "building" a story with words and phrases is no different than "building" a painting with brushes and pigments.
Could it be that simple? Tell one story to one generation and repeat it until it was accepted as fact?
Without devotion any life becomes a stranger’s story…told for the body to forget what it once loved.
We tell each other stories to help each other live. That’s why I read poetry. I read poetry to stay alive. That’s why I went to poetry in the first place, that’s why I stay with it, that’s why I’ll never leave it.
Ouch! And Marino goes down quicker than his Boonesfarm-infused sister in the back of my ’68 Cutlass on our first date after watching ‘Love Story’ at the drive-in.
Everyone in their life has his own particular way of expressing life’s purpose – the lawyer his eloquence, the painter his palette, and the man of letters his pen from which the quick words of his story flow. I have my bicycle.
Medicine is probably one of the best backgrounds for a writer to find stories. I always think cops and docs have the best background because we see so much of human behavior, such a range of human emotions.
I want to get up there and tell entertaining stories but that are also to a certain extent clean.
The strength of a story is the truth you find in it.