We have both always loved stories—not just reading and writing them but also discovering how the stories we tell affect our culture and our personal lives. Here’s how we put it in one essay: “Instead of just an ancient configuration of instincts, we also shape our lives with stories: communal stories about goodness and evil, heroism and cowardice, success and failure—personal stories about responsibilities and relationships and the significance of our desires. As individuals, tribes, and nations, we are guided, even driven, by our stories about what is real and about what matters.”
Says a character in one of our essays, “I think that the relationship of art to reality lies in the creative act itself. It’s not in the images or other results produced. The creation of images is part of the learning process, not something carried out after it.” Creativity is another topic we could go on about. We think that self-expression is an overrated part of making art and stories.
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