Orpheus In Tampa
Orpheus In Tampa

Orpheus In Tampa

by D Russell Stahl

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BN ID: 2940012026675
Publisher: Avant-Garde Press
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 77 KB

About the Author

I am the first novelist to understand the biology of the novel. We now know that our ancestors went deep into the caves to look at paintings by torchlight for the same reason that we go to an art museum-aesthetic enjoyment. See Art, by Paul Johnson. The didactic and incantatory theories of cave art never made any sense. Nothing about the cave paintings suggests that they were teaching people to hunt and there was a superabundance of game. No need for magic to summon them. Our ancestors had the capacity for aesthetic enjoyment.

Analogously, cavemen must have listened to stories because they were good stories, just as we do today. This implies that our aesthetic sense is hardwired, i.e., in our DNA, as is our desire to know what happened. When Peeps beat around the bush it annoys the hell out of us. Our ancestors listened to the shaman story teller to hear a good story and to find out what happened. His words evoked a world and disappeared, as mine do. This is the biology of the novel. Orpheus in Tampa is cave art. Does this mean that I am primitive or simple. That will be for you to judge.

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