The student's ability to filter appropriately may be influenced by this time in which he is coming of age, but it is also affected by his youth. The ability to filter or to selectively disclose is something we learn from experience. I noticed author Sherman Alexie doing this skillfully at his talk at Cascadia College yesterday. He draws heavily from his life experience in his writing and speaking, but the moments that he describes are embellished, fictionalized, drawn out, to make bigger points. Yesterday's story about the cherry red lip gloss and young love felt very personal, very revealing, but Alexie was really talking about complicated social identities, about race and poverty, about being an immigrant to the culture. His first love wasn't really named Lori, (and she may not have even been his first love), but the messages intertwined in his re-telling were real, honest, and sometimes painfully so. The story is how he gets to the points he wants to make or offer.
|Alexie's books for sale after his talk at Cascadia College|
Will the story recounted in the podcast Serial that I've just started be similarly ambiguous, or will it come with a tidy ending, with the full story and details? Already, the difficulty with reconstructing events that happened not quite two decades earlier, but before many of us had Internet profiles and facebook feeds, has grabbed my attention. I know I can go find the spoilers on the Internet for this one, but sometimes the story along the way is as interesting as the discoveries at the end.