just stories

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Bamako (2006) dir. Abderrahmane Sissako

The storytelling that thrives for a long time in the milieu of work—the rural, the maritime, and the urban—is itself an artisan form of communication, as it were. It does not aim to convey the pure essence of the thing, like information or a report. It sinks the thing into the life of the storyteller, in order to bring it out of him again. Thus traces of the storyteller cling to the story the way handprints of the potter cling to the clay vessel.

–Walter Benjamin, “The Storyteller”

I am leading a workshop on Friday, March 11, 2011 called “Just Stories: Storytelling and the Imagination of Environmental Justice.” It is part of the 10th Annual Nature, Ecology Society Conference, to be held here in New York. If you’re in New York on March 12th, please stop by. It’s FREE, but you should register here.

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