“Storytelling is one of the few human traits that are truly universal across culture and through all of known history…And when a characteristic behavior shows up in so many different societies, researchers pay attention: its roots may tell us something about our evolutionary past.”
Scientific American, “The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn”
Today’s Literary Birthday
Friedrich Glauser, a German-language Swiss writer, was born on this day in 1896. His novels include Fever, In Matto’s Realm, The Spoke, The Chinaman and Morphium. He wrote Thumbprint while an inmate at the Swiss asylum, Waldau. One of Germany’s best known crime-writing awards - The Glauser Prize – is named for him.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
What is the best story you have ever heard, told by someone you have met (not by an author or relative)?