The Oldest Spell

Mar 8, 2020 | Predicates and commas and whatnot

Storytelling is the first and oldest spell, cast around lamps and fires since before there were cities, alphabets, and domesticated herbivores. The lives we live through stories intermix with our own memories, and because of stories our experiences multiply; our apprehension of the humanity of others is broadened, improved, and complicated, and each voice we hear becomes a small part of our own experience on this earth.

Anthony Doerr, from his introduction to the 2019 edition of The Best American Short Stories