Flash! Future: Story & Identity

HAPPY SUNDAY, fire-drenched dragons! Today I’m following up our Ken Liu feature with a vid of a CBS Local interview he did in April. At the core of so many of Liu’s tales is identitywhat that means, and what that looks like/feels like when prodded at its edges in story. Why do facts so rarely change minds? –“We are, in fact, wired to respond to narratives,” Liu explains in this fascinating conversation.

To dig further into the idea of the narrative’s power, I’m pairing Ken Liu’s interview with celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie’s timeless, must-watch talk on “The Danger of a Single Story.”

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.

So please, pour yourself a coffee (or tea, of course—perhaps you hoarded some of your rooibos from the Carin Marais interview), and settle in for a wonderfully challenging few minutes. I’d love to know your thoughts after watching, if you’d be willing to share. Thank you for being here!


Ken Liu


Chimamanda Adichie

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