embodying narrative

A short quote from Oliver Sacks’ 1985 book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat:

If we wish to know a man, we ask ‘what is his story, his real, inmost story?’, for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed continually and unconsciously by, through, and in us – through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, through our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives, we are each of us unique. (12)


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