Ken Burns on storytelling

There’s a lovely piece up at The Atlantic introducing a new documentary film about Ken Burns that is premiering. I can’t wait to see the film itself, but in the meantime, there’s a short excerpt available:

Among other notable comments, Ken Burns suggests:

The kind of narrative that I subscribe to trusts in the possibility that people could change…

We tell stories to continue ourselves… we all think that an exception is going to be made in our case and we’re going to live forever, and being a human is actually arriving at the understanding that that is not going to be… story is there to just remind us that it’s just ok.