I've been lent a terrific book today - Researching Life Stories by Dan Goodley and others - trying to reclaim story telling of a valid tradition in the field of social science. I'll delve into it this weekend.
It's appearance is timely for a few ideas I have.
But it also ties in with some terrific audio I've found lately. First is the constant joy of Radio 3 Nightwaves, especially Philip Dodd's piercing interview style. His latest was with Vidal Sassoon. But he's also sat down with Tony Blair and John Gray recently too.
Second is a regular of life's delights, the Word magazine podcast. The last two have been exceptionally good. First Neil Tenant, then songwriter Van Dyke Parks.
I'd never even heard of VDP before, which made it such a terrific discovery. His stories about The Beach Boys, and his early life were breathtaking. What a storyteller, what a life. He has a theory - there are three types of people in the world - those who can count and those who can't count.