Thursday, February 17, 2005

World of Production

On Ideas

A good story has always been magical in some way, or in many ways. A good storyteller picks on things that have always existed but put together in a way never thought of before. Stories are a little like taking a peek under the rug and seeing how the floor really looks. But you can never look directly and never for too long. Italo Calvino once said that a myth is opaque. The true subject is a Medusa that will turn you into stone if you gaze directly. So you must glance at it through a mirror. Even when the characters are screaming it out at you with the fury of Zarathustra come down from the mountain.