For six years now, our group of friends has been taking turns hosting these Halloween parties, and each year we gather around a fire—indoors this year—to share our experiences of the eerily unexplained. What made this year’s party different for me was that it was the first time my mom attended.
Your definition of a story in large part determines how you read it. Most kids in America are implicitly taught that stories are coded messages and that they should try to decipher what the author is trying to say—or what part of the status quo the author is endeavoring to perpetuate. But is that what a story really is? What alternative approaches are there to reading literature?