What is storytelling? Megan Marz explores stories, narratives, blog posts, and vibes in this Real Life essay.

While I could recognize that blog posts were narrative constructions, and many of them had conventional arcs, they seemed to break with a tradition that to me defined what stories were. They appeared to leak literary expression back into the daily flow, making everyday life, for a minute here and there, feel as meaningful as art. I didn’t perceive this as a return to “storytelling,” a term that, for me, carried associations close to the opposite of Benjamin’s. It felt like a refreshing departure.

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