Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gotschall is a Distinguished Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. His past books include The Storytelling Animal and The Professor in the Cage.

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

On New Year’s Eve 2021 news of my killing began to circulate on Twitter. holy shit this is a murder https://t.co/CwsF0sZ9sZ — Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 1, 2022 I scrolled through scores of posts before I could stop myself, pausing to read replies and retweets.

Jonathan Gottschall
Jonathan Gottschall
10 min read
book review
The Universal Structure of Storytelling

The Universal Structure of Storytelling

Editor's note: what follows is a lightly edited excerpt of The Story Paradox: How Our Love of Storytelling Builds Societies and Tears them Down, by Jonathan Gotschall, published by Basic Books (November 2021). In the mid-2000s I set out, along with my colleagues Joseph Carroll, John Johnson, and Dan Kruger,

Jonathan Gottschall
Jonathan Gottschall
10 min read