Some stories we share with our family, friends and even strangers. And each time we share it, it sort of gets better because we get better at telling it. We cut and paste, embellish and highlight what’s dramatic and downplay what’s not. We shift time to heighten the tension, each time re-creating ourselves and the world as we interpret and desire it to be. And we'll forgive ourselves and each other if the facts aren't all 100% straight because really it’s all about what the story means to us and what we want to say with it.
And an event like the Oscars is meant to showcase great stories and the people who tell them. When we watch the awards, we're rooting for the ones who've really spoken to us. And we keep coming back for more, despite the fact that so much of what we see up there on screen---and stage and page---so much of it is junk food for the mind & soul. Tasty and titillating to the senses, but poisonous once it’s taken in. Genetically modified entertainment. So why do we keep coming back? What are we looking for? How does the modern story contribute to our popular consciousness? And how can it raise it even higher?