The Conceivable Truth

While watching A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time (that’s a technical term), I came across this article about the man who wrote the initial stories and also served as the narrator in the movie, Jean Shepherd.

One quote stood out to me in the article:

You can tell a story about anything, but the only stories that have any fidelity, any feeling, are stories that either did happen to you or conceivably could have happened to you.

I think is what makes movies and books like this so great. It doesn’t matter if any of it actually happened, but everyone believes it could happen, and can relate to it. It’s also why so many myths (both urban and otherwise) have stood the test of time, even when they’ve been proven false. They feel true, and deep down, maybe we just want to believe.

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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