Brilliant Lecture Series on the Importance of Story

Hi all- I just caught on ABC Radio an extraordinary lecture (the first of 5) by the well known Argentian author
Alberto Manguel. The program is on the significance of story in human experience. It provides a brilliant insight into the nature of language and into the powerful reasons why studying/ reading/ writing literature is so important. You can hear the lecture if you go to ABCs “Big Ideas” page and click on the first listed lecture (Massey Lectures 2007): http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bigideas/
You can find out more about Manguel at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Manguel.
Let me know what you think about the lecture when and if you get there….
Here is the man himself:

Here is also a rather long interview with Manguel for those of you interested in his life and thought: http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/birnbaum_v/alberto_manguel.php

  40 comments for “Brilliant Lecture Series on the Importance of Story

  1. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  2. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  3. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  4. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  5. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  6. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  7. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  8. Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

    An amazing lecture- thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!

  9. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  10. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  11. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  12. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  13. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  14. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  15. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  16. April 7, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey Michael look what we just missed out on

    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/culture__and__leisure/whats_on/events/markets/twelfth_night?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2008-04-05

    I only just found out about it today, when I did an internet trying to turn up local productions of Shakespearian plays.

  17. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  18. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  19. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  20. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  21. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  22. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  23. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  24. April 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    This is terrible. I wish I’d found out about the play sooner.

    We could have all packed something and had a huge picnic, with the entire ACU English community gathered together for 12th night. There would be coleslaws, and salads, and chicken, and champaign, and kids throwing food at each other, and somebody losing their keys, no there they are, and it seems like it would have been a stack of fun, and given that we were studying 12th night just the holidays, like it was meant to happen.

    Do you think if we got the numbers, and maybe called them, and explained we were studying the play they might. . .

  25. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  26. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  27. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  28. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  29. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  30. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  31. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  32. April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Great stuff!!

    Hi MG
    had a listen to the two lectures that Alberto Manguel has given so far. Can I say that he is so on the mark with what literature represents to us as a modern society and how in fact with time its meaning has altered. I particulalry agreed with his thoughts that stories enable us to recognise our own reality and in turn when we write or read a story it is giving us a perspective into the human condition. I am making an entry at this very moment in my live journal about the lectures.
    Good find MG!!
    cheers, Candy

  33. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  34. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  35. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  36. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  37. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  38. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  39. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

  40. April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    friday

    hi michael, it’s vassie from you 9am friday tut – im really unwell and won’t be able to come to my tut or the lecture tomorrow, as i have a doctors appointment also. Is there anything is particular i need to catch up on? I’ve done all my readings, is it ok if i get notes from the girls in our class?

    Im sorry about the inconvenience, i hope you have a lovely weekend

    Vassie Laskas

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