“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”  Jonathon Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human.

Think of the “prehistoric” cave paintings. We say “prehistoric” because the time was before written language. We used images to tell our stories — stories of creation, stories of our family, our band, our journeys and prayers. It occurs to me that graphic novels have simply returned to those ancient days — except graphic novelists use words.

Try turning the sound off of your television, or stream, or whatever. How much of the story will you understand? It’s much more difficult to follow the story line when all you see are a series of edits between closeups of two actors.

Today we rely on words, on language, to tell our stories. It’s best that we use the best we can find. Eh?


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