Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Caffeinated Self

The graph below was a gift from Mavis Loach, the daughter of some friends who live outside New York City. On a recent visit, after dinner at their home, my friends and I were discussing the generally high quality of … Continue reading

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Singing to Siberia

I finally digitized this recording of a long-ago conversation with my traveling companions on the trans-Siberian express in winter 1991. Listen to an audio version with the image at left posted in the “Cowbird” storytelling community. Here’s the same audio … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Iron Rooster

I’d been sitting on a story for 20 years — the story of my life’s greatest adventure so far (outside of getting married and having kids, of course) — when I finally had a good opportunity to tell it. It’s … Continue reading

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Simply Inspired

Thanks to a good friend for sending this amazing video of Japanese women covering a post-punk song from a British group named for corrupt Chinese revolutionaries.

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An Anecdote Analyzed: “The Name of One’s Cat”

Collected: November 15, 2009, 9:50 a.m. Setting: Golf course Narrator: Male, 45, Caucasian Audience: One Caucasian male, 45 Topic: The name of one’s cat Transition: NA Opening Strategy: The storyteller proclaims the topic of the story with an arresting statement to the effect of “Here’s what I had to … Continue reading

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Interactive Storytelling: The Next Fronteir?

I recently had the opportunity to meet and converse with pioneering electronic game programmer and designer Chris Crawford. Crawford, who began his career with Atari in the late 1970s, was on the campus ofChamplain College in Burlington, Vermont, where I teach interactive storytelling, among … Continue reading

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An Anecdote Analyzed: “Scots Fisticuffs Narrowly Averted”

Collected: November 5, 2009, 8:21 p.m. Setting: Bar (sub-variety: sports) Storyteller: Male, 35, Caucasian Audience: Five Caucasian males, approx. 25-50 years Topic: Fist Fighting Transition: It is possible that the story under examination was inspired by an encounter at a restaurant previous to the narrative episode … Continue reading

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