Anglo-American storytelling, and I would say that this post is a racist construction. I’ve worked with kids from Latin America, Ireland, Africa who’ve all been marked down on tests and interviews because their cultures have much more complex storytelling structures. Even myself was knocked, in a PhD program for “writ[ing] like a European.”
There are other ways to tell about the world. Some stories begin with nothing but senses joined, others begin in the middle and cycle around that point. Still others have no particular need for climax — they are simply experience.
Perhaps this author needs to delve into Booker shortlisted books, or just read Joyce.
- Ira Socol