The most popular story in western civilization

If I had to choose one description of what stories are and how they work, this short video would be my pick.

Three curves
Kurt Vonnegut, one of America’s most significant modern writers, presents the three curves that represent probably all stories ever told. And he does so with the style and flair of the great story teller he was.

It so happens, he says, that “this Cinderella story is the most popular story in our Western civilization. Every time it’s retold somebody makes another million dollars. You’re welcome to do it.”

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