First, you should read this post. It's a summary of Brian Doyle's visit written by a gorgeous girl who lives next door to my best friend in the universe. I feel like her street is famous because Meg Fee linked the post too. !!! It should have been linked—the girl can throw a sentence on the floor.
I'm especially happy she saved this: "Take disparate things and stitch them together. Easiest way to connect is by telling a story and leave it shivering."
I've heard Brian Doyle talk about shivering stories before, and I love it. A good story-teller knows how to let the story speak for itself. It takes humility—to resist the urge to take over the story. To over-tell it. For the story-teller to be bigger than the story.
I really appreciate it when I find someone who can pull his hat down a little bit over his eyes, lean back in his chair, and tell me something I've never heard before. Or, tell me a story I've heard a million times—
Which is probably one of the reasons I can't stop listening to this song: