All language is narrative--from gossip to great literary works, the essence
of any language exchange is 'story.' Listen to very young children learning
to speak and we hear 'story.' In Hawaii, if someone wants you to explain
something they ask you to 'talk story.'
Exposition, representations of factual information, also
involve narrative genres--somewhat different in character from fictional
ones, but "story" is an essential element nevertheless. A supurb
example of exposition as narrative is Stephen J. Gould's Wonderful
Life, in which he lays out the drama of the exploration of the
In this autobiographical sketch, I've explored my professional
and personal lives using a variety of genres--factual, personal narrative,
fiction, and poetry.