Spider Speculations: A Physics and Biophysics of Storytelling [NOOK Book]

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“I’ve spent about 15 years plus some working with people’s stories in a series of communities in this country. I write plays from oral histories for those communities. Just finished my 30th. I’m watching people’s lives and communities literally change, sometimes drastically, for the work. Spider Speculations is the beginning of trying to understand the hows and whys of all the changes.”—Author Jo Carson

Jo Carson lays bare her personal investigation into her own creative process...

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Spider Speculations: A Physics and Biophysics of Storytelling

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Overview

“I’ve spent about 15 years plus some working with people’s stories in a series of communities in this country. I write plays from oral histories for those communities. Just finished my 30th. I’m watching people’s lives and communities literally change, sometimes drastically, for the work. Spider Speculations is the beginning of trying to understand the hows and whys of all the changes.”—Author Jo Carson

Jo Carson lays bare her personal investigation into her own creative process after a spider bite on her back begins a series of life-altering events. Spider Speculations applies cutting edge mind-body science, quantum physics and ancient shamanistic techniques to describe how stories work in our bodies and our lives, and what happens when real stories are used in a public way. Carson, whose ability to capture the spoken word hallmarks her community-based work, sets down this story in her own distinctive voice, interspersing the journey with examples of her performance work. This truly original American book will speak to anyone thinking about art and community or engaging with people’s stories.

Jo Carson is a writer and performer living in John City, Tennessee. She has published award-winning plays, short stories, children’s books, essays, poems and other work. Her play Whispering to Horses and solo show If God Came Down…premiered at Seven Stages in Atlanta. She currently performs Liars, Thieves, and Other Sinners on the Bench, made up of selected stories from her oral history plays, which will be published by TCG in 2007.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Jo Carson has distilled some decades of community-conscious story collecting and playmaking into a pungent blend of narrative psychology, neuroscience, and spirit. Her work should be essential reading for socially responsible artists of every kind." -- Joseph Sobol, PH.D. (Storyteller; Director of the Storytelling Graduate Program at East Tennessee State University)

"I think this profound, engaging and funny book is the very best that has been written on the topic of generating theater in communities. I use it in all my classes. My students love it." -- Steve Kent (Director of Theatre at University of La Verne; Founder, The Institute for Conscious Acting)

"Jo Carson understands the transformative power of storytelling on both a molecular and a community level. Her genius is to be able to link the micro and the macro, and you'll be astonished at how those links get made. If this book doesn't change how you think about your own stories and the stories you want to put onstage, then, to borrow from Atticus Finch, 'You've got another thing coming.'" -- Lisa Mount (Director of Artistic Logistics; Producer and Director of Headwaters :: Stories From a Goodly Portion of Beautiful Northeast Georgia)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559366311
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 404 KB

Meet the Author

Jo Carson has published award-winning plays, short stories, books for children, essays, poems and other work. Her play "Whispering to Horses" and solo show "If God Came Down..." premiered at Seven Stages in Atlanta. She currently performs "Liars, Thieves, and Other Sinners on the Bench", made up of selected stories from the 30 oral history plays she has written.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Do Read This First 3

My Observation Position 15

Flannery O'Connor and Old Thinking (still Valid) About Story Work 29

My Brother the Neurolinguistic Programmer, and the Idea of Reframing Events 43

The Physical Keeping of Emotion in the Body 67

The Energy of the Body 77

Monkey Mind 83

The Work of Imagination in the Body and in the Energy Around the Body 101

Shamanic Soul Retrieval and a Digression About "The Knock of the Spirit" 113

The Holographic Model of the Brain and the Universe 137

Three Nods to the Goddess Tiamat/Mama Chaos 147

Intent! Intent! and "Praying Rain" 155

Time and the Storyteller 169

Agency 177

Making Art 199

Paradox 205

Further Practice: A Bibliography 207

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    The magical craft of story telling...the how and why, not just the who, when and where

    We all think we can tell a story. But Jo Carson not only TELLS a story, but also teaches us the how and why of it, as well. This book teaches and entertains and enlightens....shines a light on the magic that words can do. But be open to learning in other realms, as well. She gets right down to the ATOMS of the story! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves words and magic and the crafting of stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Stunning new approach to story-telling, language, quantum physics, and energy based healing modalities

    In interest of full disclosure, I am one of the people Jo Carson lists for thanks in the acknowledgements of this book. My part was with several others and early on in Jo¿s learning. In my opinion, Jo Carson has written an important (and playful¿she¿s playful) book. She¿s tied quantum physics and her learning from energy healing to the stories of our lives. She¿s in a unique position to do this because of the work she¿s done for the past fifteen years with other people¿s stories and her own experience with energy healing. This is almost a how-to book. You can read it and rethink your own stories. But it is bigger than the usual how-to book. It is stunning new thinking about how our stories work in our bodies and our lives. People should be talking and thinking about this book for a long time. Read it and join the conversation. Joe Ortola

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