May 282011

Kurt Vonnegut explains that all stories can fit on a simple graph. Vertically there is (G)ood fortune on top and (I)ll fortune on the bottom. Horizontally, there is a line in the middle. He shows that most famous stories fall onto the graph and can be inputted into a computer. He explains that Cinderella is one of the most complicated lines. This older clip has become popular thanks to NPR sharing it.