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The Power and Glory of Storytelling

In this final episode of Stephen Fry’s BBC documentary about language, Planet Word, he celebrates the power and glory of storytelling. It has been with us as long as language itself and as a species, we love to tell our stories. This desire to both entertain and explain has resulted in the flowering of language to describe every aspect of the human condition.Read More

Reddit to Warner Bros. “all your stories are belong to us.”

James Erwin is a fledgling author who posted a series of short stories in Reddit’s forums about what would happen if U.S. Marines traveled back in time to fight the Roman Empire. Warner Bros. took notice and moved to buy the movie rights. But Reddit’s user agreement may turn his dream into a intellectual property nightmare. Read More

History and the Movies – A Historian Tackles a Screenplay

The process of compressing history into drama often generates sharp tensions between the historian and the dramatist. As James Reston Jr. will testify in this hour-long YouTube presentation, the historian usually feels a sinking disappointment as the dramatist explains what it will take to capture and hold the attention of an audience. Read More

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