02 April 2007
Muriel Rukeyser came close to understanding the strange truth. In her poem “The Speed of Darkness” we find this line: “The world is made of stories, not atoms.” That was in 1968. Since then we have seen many refinements of her key insight. In particular, intensive research funded by both para literary institutions and beauty parlors has determined that stories, whatever their charm, are actually made up of discrete quantum “packets” of words handed down to us. The length of these packets vary according to genre, but for each genre they are unwavering. Trust us. We're not stringing you along.