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Vikram, the Vampire, and the Story

Vikram, the Vampire, and the Story The future of the short story is dark because there are fewer and fewer trees in the world, and more and more people. In a world containing only people, there is room for journalism to grow, but not for poems and stories. Journalism and oratory are merely the human world's means of expression. However, poems and stories are expressions that are born from the interaction of the human and the non-human worlds. Story was born in a time when there were more trees on this Earth, and fewer humans. When night fell, there was a handful of men and women around a fire, and beyond them only darkness and more darkness--and trees and more trees. Certain parts of the natural world can be replaced by others. Forest can be replaced by desert, and desert by high mountains or by the shore of the noisy sea. But sky-high buildings cannot replace sky-high mountains or tall forest trees. Meditation--the training of the imagination and creative action--can live in the shade of banyans, in mountain caves, in the expanses of the desert. But nothing can live within the walls of factories. Today, there is no escaping sky-high buildings, noisy factories, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Vikram, the Vampire, and the Story

Manoa , Volume 27 (1) – Sep 29, 2015

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The future of the short story is dark because there are fewer and fewer trees in the world, and more and more people. In a world containing only people, there is room for journalism to grow, but not for poems and stories. Journalism and oratory are merely the human world's means of expression. However, poems and stories are expressions that are born from the interaction of the human and the non-human worlds. Story was born in a time when there were more trees on this Earth, and fewer humans. When night fell, there was a handful of men and women around a fire, and beyond them only darkness and more darkness--and trees and more trees. Certain parts of the natural world can be replaced by others. Forest can be replaced by desert, and desert by high mountains or by the shore of the noisy sea. But sky-high buildings cannot replace sky-high mountains or tall forest trees. Meditation--the training of the imagination and creative action--can live in the shade of banyans, in mountain caves, in the expanses of the desert. But nothing can live within the walls of factories. Today, there is no escaping sky-high buildings, noisy factories, and

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Published: Sep 29, 2015

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