New National, and storytelling

May 25th, 2007

This photo is of me in the bedroom holding the album that the National released this week. The National is a band that chooses words well. The quote below is from an article in the New York Times.

I'm holding the National's new album, Boxer

Researchers have found that the human brain has a natural affinity for narrative construction. People tend to remember facts more accurately if they encounter them in a story rather than in a list, studies find; and they rate legal arguments as more convincing when built into narrative tales rather than on legal precedent.

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  5. Okkervil River’s got a new album coming out soon… here’s a link to their first single from it.

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2 comments on “New National, and storytelling”

  1. 01

    god, i love this band…we’re going to see them on my birthday!

    austin kleon at May 25th, 2007 around 8:29 am
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  2. 02

    Austin hey, yeah, the National usurped Okkervil River as “current favorite band” about a year and a half ago I think. I remember reading that Beninger takes a good chunk of words from conversations he overhears. That made me love ’em even more.

    Joe Murphy at May 28th, 2007 around 3:21 pm
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