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Monday, October 15, 2012

Story is NOT the by-product of magic! Part two.

In an earlier post, I railed against Michael Chabon's statement, "take everything back to zero as long as magic and its by-product, story..." My contention was, and remains, that story is not magic's by-product.

I was reminded of this last night after reading the following in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.
 "This fellow Balzac is a wizard...He touched the head of this mountain girl with an invisible finger, and she was transformed, carried away in a dream. It took her a while to come down to earth."
Thus was the reaction of a young Chinese woman, living in a remote village, after reading a passage from Ursule Mirou√ęt by Balzac. I offer this as further proof that story is not magic's by-product.


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