Behind a lot of these sappy, pablum phrases like “I’m a dreamer” or “just believe” are some poorly expressed realities. A “dreamer” is a storyteller. “Believing” is taking risks. On its own, the world has a hard time explaining what it means. It’s left to us who tell stories to clarify and expand the language into legitimate emotional images. We’re the makers of symbols with feathers in our hair, chanting in the smoke on the other side of the fire. Storytellers are the first oracles.

— Asher's Maxim 257

Asher Black

Asher Black is a former literary and review editor who writes, thinks, reads, listens, and is interested in the interior darkness of the soul.

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