We have both always loved stories—not just reading and writing them but also discovering how the stories we tell affect our culture and our personal lives. Here’s how we put it in one essay: “Instead of just an ancient configuration of instincts, we also shape our lives with stories: communal stories about goodness and evil, heroism and cowardice, success and failure—personal stories about responsibilities and relationships and the significance of our desires. As individuals, tribes, and nations, we are guided, even driven, by our stories about what is real and about what matters.”
Says a character in one of our essays, “I think that the relationship of art to reality lies in the creative act itself. It’s not in the images or other results produced. The creation of images is part of the learning process, not something carried out after it.” Creativity is another topic we could go on about. We think that self-expression is an overrated part of it.
In our tweets you’ll see some by a character named Aforista. She’s a fictional postfuturist sage, and she has a lot to say.
Those of you who’ve visited our Madeira Press Site probably noticed a couple of flies wagging their wings. Just in case you didn’t scroll down, here’s what that’s all about:
“They had been drowned in Madeira wine…. Having heard it remarked that drowned flies were capable of being revived by the rays of the sun, I proposed making the experiment upon these.… In less than three hours, two of them by degrees began to recover life. They commenced by some convulsive motions in the thighs, and at length they raised themselves upon their legs, wiped their eyes with their fore feet, beat and brushed their wings with their hind feet, and soon after began to fly.… I should prefer to an ordinary death, the being immersed in a cask of Madeira wine, with a few friends … then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country!”
—The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin