I like a good story

Sept. 28, 2017

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about how important the art of storytelling is, and hoping that with our fast-paced lives and addiction to technology, it doesn’t become a lost art.

I am reading interviews with two authors who could not be more different, but they are leading me down the same path – back to my own desire to create.

Alabama’s Kathryn Tucker Windham was a journalist before starting her ghost story series about Jeffrey, a benign entity that took up residence in her home. According to Windham, telling stories “Binds us together.  Brings back memories … says ‘I love you.’”  She once confessed to being “grieved that we have robbed two generations of children of the joy of listening to families share stories.”  Her words resonated with me because of my own memories of sitting on the front porch in Jernigan at night, listening to adults talk.  The stories I overheard certainly played a part in my desire to write.

David Lynch is not from Alabama.  He settled in Los Angeles.  Since his most popular work, the television sensation Twin Peaks, centers around a dead Homecoming Queen, I suppose it would be broadly true that he, too, has written “ghost” stories.   

But Lynch is more interested in tapping into our collective consciousness.  He scatters symbols throughout his work - leaving it to his audiences to piece together clues and find deeper meaning.  Being a coffee aficionado myself, I am smitten by Lynch’s statement that, “Maybe there’s not an idea in every bean, but for me there are many good ideas hiding in coffee.”

The two writers speak to two parts of my own personality, but both, along with some strong hot coffee, transport and inspire me.

Tell your stories.  

Marian Carcache

Carcache  welcomes comments at carcamm@auburn.edu.