This wonderful article was sent to me by a friend and a marvelous storyteller, Robert Bela Wilhelm.
The article, “The Art of Listening,” by Henning Mankell, was published in the Dec. 10 New York Times. Mankell is a Swedish author of many books, including the Wallendar novels. He also spent 25 years in Africa, an experience central to what he writes here.
His comments on listening are striking: “In Africa listening is a guiding principle. It’s a principle that’s been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world.”
Of great interest too is his observation that western story structure is simply one possibility among many. Mankell writes: “instead of linear narrative, there is unrestrained and exuberant storytelling that skips back and forth in time and blends together past and present. Someone who may have died long ago can intervene without any fuss in a conversation between two people who are very much alive.”
Check this out. The article is brief and I’m sure you will enjoy it. http://tinyurl.com/7gqfchj