What is a non Fiction StoryA non-fiction story?
What is the story #38
Here is the story: Many people say that the words "creative" give the feeling that what we write is invented - as if one cannot be at the same moment simultaneously imaginative and true and factual. There are others who are complaining that they don't like the second part of the concept because it does define what we are not - but that's just weird.
Even as new technology brings the worlds together, our life is becoming more and more insulated. Yet we long for the privacy that people create by telling stories, dividing and matching our experience. And, uh, let me tell you a little more about the story. Nowadays, everyone talks about a story, and everyone who is anyone, from politician like Barack Obama and Sarah Palin to your barkeeper or your own coach, should "have a story", a story that says something about who or what they are, a story that puts them into perspective.
Tales - especially artistically designed and consciously put - act as the connecting fabric between author and readership, and ultimately it is this bond that we all, the readership and the author, long for. Connectedness is above all the main reasons why authors write: to educate, to educate, to inform, as well as to divide what they know, to think, to illuminate, to influence, to make a distinction.
Dave Eggers is answering Jeff Gordinier's question about everything from the drama and literature of Zeitoun, his latest non-fiction, to his itinerary and the kind of listening he gets when he writes. Quite the opposite, this edition contains articles on immortality by some of the world's best authors and philosophers, among them the writer and thinker Carolyn Forché, the scientist Lawrence Krauss, the ecologist Bill McKibben and the thinker Todd May.
It also contains new works by less well-known authors experimenting with the forms initially released on-line or trying to tell a real story in as few words as possible. We are reacting to this move - and to amazing and sustained economic expansion - by moving from periodical to periodical. We' d be happy to know what you think; after taking a look, please send us an email, call us, find us on Facebook or Twitter.
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