Friday, November 15, 2013

Noah Lukeman on plot and reading

I just came across these scribbled-down quotations in an old notebook and thought them worth sharing:
Plot, more than anything, is the enemy of stasis. Plot demands people dying and being born; getting married and divorced; saving lives and murdering. Something - no matter how small - must change. It is your job to create instability, and then, perhaps, to set it right. - The Plot Thickens, by Noah Lukeman, pg. 211.
The more stories we hear, experiences we have, the more we fill in our own books; this is partly why we crave hearing others' stories, reading books, or watching films at all. We are, in one sense, learning how to live. -ibid, pg. 189.

I love that last observation: that we read stories to learn how to live.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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