The Story Art & Science
Creative and cerebral theories on storytelling, from neuroscience to Nabokov.
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- 9 Oct 2023
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The two journos talk about getting paid in CDs, encouraging public figures to talk about sex and death, phone taps and writing to make sense of the mess.
Dreams, italics, the word “lugubrious”—here’s everything America’s newspaper of record wants writers to stop writing.
In hospitals across the world, doctors are putting down their scalpels and picking up novels to better understand the sick.
ChatGPT can write you a poem, an essay, or a Cormac McCarthy novel about a frog on a bicycle. Is this the end of human storytelling as we know it?
Reporters tend to prefer words. But as award-winning data journalist Jack Kerr explains, sometimes a simple spreadsheet and a graph are all you need to make headlines.
Advertisers want to insert commercials into your dreams. And according to this group of scientists, they're pretty close to having the tech to do it.
Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world’s most popular stories. Do his diagrams tell us something important about humanity?
The Slaughterhouse-Five author believed there were just eight different story 'shapes'—and that they might be of interest to anthropologists. The anthropologists thought otherwise. But why?
Warning: may cause decor envy.
The rock critic-turned-foreign correspondent reflects on a wild career—and shares his tips for those just starting out.
Three thousand songs. One very dedicated Spotify user.
It may not be your standard summer reading. But this collection of prison newspapers from 1800-2020 offers a compelling insight into human creativity.
Long before Putin convinced Russians he needed to liberate Ukraine of Nazis, author Margaret Atwood was observing how the powerful used stories as a tool to oppress.
The bazillionaire once listed a dozen storytelling elements every Amazon TV show had to include. They say more about our obsession with rules than they do about making good TV.
Why country songs are the tabloid journalism of music (and tabloid journalism is the country music of news)
They're often derided for their ‘so bad they’re good’ wordplay. But there’s a skill to crafting the perfect country song title—and journalists would do well to take note.
Proof there’s more to podcasting than Joe Rogan.
If Labor versus Liberal sometimes feels like Campbell’s Soup verus Heinz, that’s no accident.
Ever wondered why politicians flip-flop but never flop-flip? It’s just one of the obscure language rules you didn’t know you knew.
To build trust in COVID vaccines, the island of Jersey turned to behavioural scientist Steve J. Martin. His advice? Use language, not logic.
Got an internet connection? You got yourself a crash course in storytelling, care of these wisdom-imparting videos.
Sixty-nine pages of writing advice from Werner Herzog, Flannery O’Connor and more or less every other artist who’s ever put pen to paper
Here’s that inspiration you were looking for.