I love stories.
I love stories told between stops on the bus, and stories that require a thousand pages of onion skin paper. I like stories that are acted, sung, spoken aloud or printed. I like the stories in videogames, paintings, TV, movies and music. I’m a story junkie, or some kind of story grazing animal which follows an endless migration through the world looking for new things and old things to take in and digest.
(That gives me an idea. Hang on… … Ok.)
I blame my parents, basically. They’re the same. My whole life, as a kid, was bounded and informed by stories. We told stories as a way of answering the question “how was your day?” When my brothers came home from university or when friends came to visit, we traded stories. When I had bad dreams, my dad would draw them and kidnap them so that the monsters became my friends and by the next night I’d be happy to see them again, and they’d stand guard over me while I slept.
I think stories are an expression of the identity of the teller, a crazed cross-section, however compressed, of who that person is and what it means to be them. I think when you read, that compression unfurls inside you and shows you the thing we otherwise don’t get to see, the interior world of someone else.
Plus: adventures. I love those, too.
My personal adventure started in the early seventies in a place down in Cornwall so remote that the next house to the southwest is in America. I went to sleep each night hearing the wind tear in off the sea, and I still feel content and safe when a gale blows up and whistles around the corner of my home in London.
I’ve won a couple of prizes recently, which confuses and delights me. I’ve never been the guy who wins before. I’ve always been the solid second (though people tell me it was more like the sold seventeenth).
I’m married, and I’m a dad. You want to talk about adventures, that one’s the best, and the most extreme. New life! Wow.
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