Stories and predictabilty

Great writing from Tom Guarriello: Pillowmen reviewing a new show on Broadway (my emphasis).

But we’re all in the entertainment business today. This means we’ll all be called upon to take risks based upon instinct, intuition, imagination; tools that have not been popular in those parts of the world that demand predictability above all else.

But, it’s hard to predict whether an idea like The Pillowman will become a Broadway hit. Like in baseball, get it right maybe three times out of ten and you’re a Hall of Famer. But the business world demands much more reliability than that and punishes unpredictability harshly. These demands will drive many, seduced by the illusion of safety that comes with familiarity, to re-tell old stories rather than make up new ones.

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