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Apparently Mark Twain has something to say about telling a story

Posted: July 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Storytelling advice | Tags: | No Comments »

I came across a lengthy essay attributed to Mark Twain called ‘How to Tell a Story.’ There’s some relevance in there, I’d say. Give it a look:

“I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years.

There are several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind—the humorous. I will talk mainly about that one. The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter.

The humorous story may be spun out to great length, and may wander around as much as it pleases, and arrive nowhere in particular; but the comic and witty stories must be brief and end with a point. The humorous story bubbles gently along, the others burst.

The humorous story is strictly a work of art—high and delicate art—and only an artist can tell it; but no art is necessary in telling the comic and the witty story; anybody can do it. The art of telling a humorous story—understand, I mean by word of mouth, not print—was created in America, and has remained at home.

The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it; but the teller of the comic story tells you beforehand that it is one of the funniest things he has ever heard, then tells it with eager delight, and is the first person to laugh when he gets through. And sometimes, if he has had good success, he is so glad and happy that he will repeat the “nub” of it and glance around from face to face, collecting applause, and then repeat it again. It is a pathetic thing to see. MORE


Story Shuffle Version 2.0 happening Friday July 30

Posted: July 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Story Shuffle News | Tags: | No Comments »

The second Story Shuffle is scheduled to land in Fishtown on Friday, July 30 at 8 p.m.

The theme is AUTHORITY.


Aaron Stella wins First Person Story Slam with ‘involuntary public nudity while defecating’

Posted: July 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Our friend Aaron Stella won the July 12 First Person Story Slam at World Cafe Live with his entry on ‘Criminal Intent,’ an ‘involuntary public nudity while defecating’ story.

H/T Philebrity