The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.
The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the Gospels that were composed as a unity.
It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels of reality in the narrative. One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's poisoned version of what took place.
So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We'll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world.
Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.
To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which, in turn, can become history. It's scary.
The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
'God' - as revealed in his book of edicts and narratives is practically an idiot. He has nothing to say that any sensible person should want to listen to.
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
National Standards was not a narrative of past events but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.
People need a sacred narrative. They must have a sense of larger purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question.
The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to.
The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to.
I write short, my words tight to the thread of the narrative.
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