This delightful video by Mac Barnett on “Why a good book is a secret door” brilliantly depicts the power of narrative – wonder, joy and beneath the fiction – TRUTH. Citing Pablo Picasso, he reads,
“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise the truth, at least the truth we are given to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
To add my thoughts to Picasso, we have the ability to engage in poetic belief, because narrative is so closely aligned with our dreams and our dreams spring from our deepest being. If we allow ourselves, we can read stories with the automatic comprehension of one who dreams. An artist needs no more to convince others of their lies, as to convince other they are dreaming.