Thursday, June 02, 2022

First Paragraph

In the strictest sense, I began writing this memoir in my 85th year. But its roots reach back to my college days at Antioch in the late 1940s. In my sophomore year, I wrote an autobiographical story about an unnerving encounter in Germany after the war. Published in the school's literary magazine, the piece had the campus buzzing. I was stunned - and transformed -  by the discovery that I could write my way into the consciousness of others. Most surprising was that this was true even when the subject was so personal. At that moment I understood that something magical happens when you tell a good story. Listeners, or readers, somehow experience that story as their own.

- From Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership by Warren Bennis

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