ADDICTION – literally: to speak to…
Addicted to Story Telling
(as opposed to showing) with a beginning, middle, &
ending— like this here sentence.
A short story. A history: long narrative explanation,
interpretation time after time.
A word is not a story. A sentence is. We probably should
argue this out: the difference between a WORD and a
SENTENCE—and the relationship.
If we did (argue it out): that would be a story, a history:
how a word is different from a sentence but how they
also Just Get Along. It would be a story about opposition
& relationship as well as about parts and wholes and how
they get along. A good story. Extrapolate-able.
Imagine a story about a story, or a story about a story
about a story? How many levels of story can
you handle? Track?
Ever start telling a story to
someone and wait a minute—
digress a level and start
[within the original
but not on the same
level of importance-
just to clarify, maybe
(or set up a
and then get back to where
you started from
[although it's not EXACTLY
where you started from because
it's had additional info added--
(it's evolved, you could say:
But anyway—be that as it may— you continue to tell
the story, hardly even aware (mindful) of the fact that
it has “pushed down” and “popped up” several
“levels of logical type” in a hierarchy which privileges
still evolving in time by looping digressions and added
information that accrue (so to speak) as the story progresses
and in manners of speaking: the story calls up more and more
of what it needs to Tell Itself, say. It mid-wives itself,
self-corrects,self -educes. Auto-poetic, as it were.
Next time you're in Converse-Action, telling a story—watch
yourself tell it, if you can. You probably can't. This kind of
self-consciousness blocks the performance unless the
performance is not the telling-of-the-story but the
telling of the telling of the story.
Retrospective, after the fact self-consciousness kicks
back in and looks for it's Patterns. Makes them up.
Which is not the same as telling the story.
Unless one could be telling a history about
the Patterns of Telling A Story.
Even then the actual telling and the patterns naturally
selected looking backwards are not the same at all. . .
What's the difference?
What's the relationship?