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How the Tale Got Told

by Mopsy Strange Kennedy
The Boston Globe Magazine

You and everyone else in Doug Lipman's storytelling courses will tell your own variant of a traditional story (like "How the Sea Got Salt"). You'll also choose some emblematic motif - like the frog or the slipper of fairy tales - and make up your own story around it.

And because stories of this kind tend to colorfully expand and then satisfyingly resolve some issue, such as conquering a foe or morning the loss of home, you'll find you attach an emotional issue of your own to a story that works it out.

The mythic quality of folktales and stories that makes them so appealing to children is wonderful even for adults who understand the machinery of symbolism.

And to hear Doug Lipman telling the story of Jack and his protecting bull [available on the cassette, Milk From the Bull's Horn], whose horns contain endless supplies of bread and milk for times of deprivation, to watch him pantomime twisting off those horns and consuming what's inside, to hear his various voices and banjo tunes change moods, is to want to learn to tell stories yourself.

Some courses are given at [local colleges]; others are private. Please write for information.

December 6, 1981
Copyright © Mopsy Strange Kennedy.
Reprinted by permission


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