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December 07, 2009


Jim Harris

Remarkable post Paul,

It reminds me of the words of Pablo Picasso:

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

And words from one of my favorite Wallace Stevens poems (“The Idea of Order at Key West”):

“It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.”

I am looking forward to your upcoming series on an upcoming series on the tremendous value of fictionalization, falsified memory, and using the wrong data.

For those who argue against this particular approach to information quality, I offer the words of Stephen Denning from his 2001 book, “The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge Era Organizations”:

“Storytelling doesn’t replace analytical thinking. It supplements it by enabling us to imagine new perspectives and new worlds. Abstract analysis is easier to understand when seen through the lens of a well-chosen story.”

“Strange” Regards,


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