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Homo Narrans: Humans As Story-Tellers (And Listeners)

In today's New York Times, the writer Henning Mankell reflects on the deeply ingrained human propensity for story-telling. Mankell's words, themselves the making of a gorgeous story, tell of his 25-years split between his native Sweden and his adopted Mozambique.

There are different ways, he finds, to be Homo narrans. In the West, life moves so fast Mankell must hurry his answer to a question. In Africa, people listen intensively and allow him time to talk.

Mankell's column reminds us to slow down, even during this rush-rush season, and listen to each other's stories.


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