I love reading. But you sit by yourself to read. [The oral tradition] is a way of making stories and literature into a collective act, a community act. And it lends itself more to the first person; it's difficult to tell a third-person story onstage. So live storytelling is also personal and intimate. And there's an edge of danger in it because there's a chance of really dying. The teller is more vulnerable—and that is [what] makes it really exciting.I suspect that only if you’re Rushdie is there “a chance of really dying” when telling a story to a crowd, but his other points make sense.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Rushdie on Storytelling
As reported in Time Out New York, Salman Rushdie had this to say about storytelling at last week’s Moth Ball: