Homo narrans

“A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens – second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our days’ events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.”

– Reynolds Price, “A Single Meaning: Notes on the Origins and Life of Narrative” in A Palpable God (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985) 3-46: 3.

“[S]tory is for a human as water is for a fish.”

– Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (Boston: Mariner Books, 2012) xiv.