Traci Brimhall, assistant professor in English, explored how creativity informs the narrative structure of this year’s K-State Book Network common read in a lecture Tuesday in the Kansas State Student Union
“A metaphor should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day, and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards,” Brimhall said. “Thinking about how a lot of the phrases we use are metaphorical, [Christopher] says that a metaphor means carrying something from one place to another. When we describe something by using a word for something that it isn’t, that’s a lie. A metaphor is itself a metaphor.”
Brimhall also talked about how there is a difference between a truth and a fact.
“If you go through a breakup and I ask you to tell me about it, you’d give me some version of events and a version of that other person that is true, right?” Brimhall said. “If I was like, ‘just give me the absolute truth,’ and you told me, then that would be true. If I then went across town and met your ex at a coffee shop and said, ‘okay tell me the truth,’ and that ex swore to tell me the truth, that would also be the truth.”
Using this anecdote, Brimhall explained that a person’s truth is not always fact.
“There’s something in the middle of those two stories that may be the more objective version, but that doesn’t mean either person’s version is untrue because truth and fact are different things,” Brimhall said. “We use truth to learn fact, but a lot of what we’re talking about is truth. It’s a subjective and big gray thing rather than a definable, verifiable thing.”
Brimhall finished by explaining that all lies begin with a truth, speaking about how our opinions and what we think is true is subjective and can change over time.