Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Long Recall stops

One interesting blog storytelling project is, sadly, ceasing. That’s The Long Recall, which has been blogging the American Civil War 150 years later, day by day. I appreciate their work so far, and their decision to keep the archive alive. … Continue reading

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Games too long for complete stories

How long should a story be, so that an audience sticks around ’til the end? If the story is a game, short might be better than long. Blake Snow argues that major games taking dozens of hours to finish aren’t … Continue reading

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Bryan speaking in Burlington

I’ll be speaking on a panel about digital storytelling next month.  It’s Saturday, 9/24, at the Burlington Book Festival. Stop by! THE DAWN OF DIGITAL STORYTELLING: A PANEL DISCUSSION Storytelling-the ability to describe a world beyond the present moment-may be the … Continue reading

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We adore spoilage

What do we do with a story’s end, when reading in a book? Since we know where to find a tale’s finale, how often do readers page ahead to relieve suspense (or boredom)? A new study finds we love being … Continue reading

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Storytelling a presidency: Westen and the critics

Yesterday saw one prominent analysis of president Obama as flawed storyteller. It’s a moving, if flawed piece, and well worth reading for anyone interested in storytelling. Many critics have pointed out its analytical problems, from inaccurate assessments of political environments … Continue reading

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Storytelling in the spy business

Here’s a key thought from Olen Steinhauer, in The Tourist (2009): the intelligence game is all about storytelling (270) This plays out in many ways within that nicely plotted book.  But the quote (and thought) serves another purpose, which is … Continue reading

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