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October 26, 2008


The idea of being "good at telling someone elses story" bothers me in funny ways that I can't quite put into too many words.
what's her name (the lesbian daughter) in that jane austen movie gets at something like this in a manner I can empathize with: "I'm dumping the bitch"

One big difference in the movie: in that story, the writer took the stories her girlfriend told her in confidence and wrote about them without her permission. In the case of, say, Courtney Martin and Marvelyn Brown in the above book, Marvelyn ASKED Courtney to work with her to tell her story.

Same thing with doing interviews for articles: the folks give you the go-ahead to convey their thinking and ideas in an article.

Even with that difference-, does it still bother you?

Only in the "If I wanted someone else to hear this urgently enough, I'd already be saying it" kinda way; and even then, it's not necessarily the fact that someone else is telling the story, but in the merit therein derived. but hey, every story can be approached differently, and authorial sovereignty and trust are things each storyteller and reader approach in a number of conscious and unconscious ways.

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