it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Stories never end

I just saw a news item on NBC about Sara Bartoli, a pregnant, 26-year-old Italian woman whose fifteen minutes of fame happened in 1981. She was the 18-month old baby whose presence fouled Mehmet Ali Agca's assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

The lines intersect. They brush, they move on. The characters in the story exist before and after the story--and outside of it, too, in parallel to it while it's going on. And if they don't--unless it's a very specific type of story managing tropes in a very particular set of ways--it's probably a failing.

Or so I think.

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