Storytelling And Its Discontents

October 6, 2014 6:05 PM

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My first reaction to Adichie's talk on the danger of a single story is relief. All too often, the positive power of stories is uncritically celebrated. Here's a talk that considers their shadow elements, their ability, as she says, "to dispossess and malign."

The longer I listen, though, the more restive I get. Her words are beautifully written and delivered. Her basic premise is sound, and, having grown up in Miami, I sympathize with her childhood filled with baffling tales of blue-eyed tots frolicking in snow. She's right about it all -- the dangers of...

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