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The Power of Being Invisible

Book recommendation: “Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion,” by David Zweig. I’m just starting this one, but the title alone sold it for me. In his introduction, Zweig writes: “… I was fascinated by people … Continue reading

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Glimpses of home

Christmastime brings a great reminder of one of the most impactful story elements: surprise. C.S. Lewis loved the term sehnsucht. The German word has no English equivalent. Roughly, it means a longing “to find the place where all beauty came from.” … Continue reading

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Story, simplicity and wormholes

I saw “Interstellar” with one of my sons last week. Up until the last 30 minutes I thought it was one of the best movies I’d ever seen. But the ending made my head explode. Here’s a good line from a … Continue reading

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When spectacle obscures story

Everything is Awesome!!! If you’ve seen “The Lego Movie,” I’ve just triggered that obnoxious, earworm of a song to start playing again in your head. You’re welcome. I’m aware that most critics loved this movie. It’s smart, cynical, funny and … Continue reading

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Aristotle’s eye for story

The Greek philosopher Aristotle identified six elements of drama: plot, characters, theme, dialogue, rhythm and spectacle. Those elements still apply today, whether we’re talking about a stage play, a written feature story or a YouTube video. Here’s a quick look … Continue reading

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The call of adventure

If you haven’t noticed, story is big right now. Tell your story. Tell your company’s story. Live a better story. As a writer, I like this trend. I’m predisposed to see life as a series of story ideas. The best … Continue reading

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The gospel according to Godzilla

In part of my quest to remain perpetually 12 years old, I’m a Godzilla junkie. I’ll watch absolutely any movie on TV if it involves a 350-foot-tall green lizard that breathes lightning. A rubber Godzilla model adorns the top of … Continue reading

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