by uzwi

I always wanted to break the underlying structures. They’re seen as a kind of neutral container. Into that, each generation pours its preferred imagery and attitudes, under the impression that it’s telling a whole new kind of story. But the underlying structures, flying their rags of ideology and the fruitful organisation of experience, are the story, with its “struggles” and “conclusion,” its “agency,” its losses and gains. What gets healed, every time, by the hero-journey, is the understructure itself, Story Home. Thank god, they cry. The story’s told, and Story Home is safe again. It’s genuinely hard to break out of that, especially if you’re trying to entertain. I prefer actual unstructured fragmentary biographical narrative if I’m honest. Or anecdotes. Or notes: as a reader I’m more entertained by the note, “Milk and eggs,” than any story. Some piece of paper you find blowing about in the street, which was never in any sense meant to be “told.”

–from an interview with Brendan Byrne, at Big Echo.