Chapter 13: We’re Hard-Wired to Tell Stories

Yes, stories can make sense. But aren’t the best ones or the ones we like most (and what’s the difference) the ones we treasure precisely because they don’t always make sense? One of the people who can teach us the most about narrative is the English critic Frank Kermode, who says stories do two things at once: they proceed in a way that allows to make sense of the world while, at the same time, they charm us with details that are indifferent, even hostile, to story.