Joan Didion once said that we tell ourselves stories in order to live. From first date stories to the well-practiced dinner party anecdote, stories are ways of forging a connection with others—and having fun while we do it. Kentucky native Bobette Buster—an author and storytelling virtuoso whose skills are enlisted by Hollywood heavyweights like Pixar—has built a career on deconstructing this age-old art. She shares advice on how to craft a story with emotional resonance, how to walk the delicate This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Nothing to See Here The allure of slow TV. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Belonging What can the concept of “moral sympathy” teach us about effective hosting? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Empathy Amy Alkon applies her brand of blunt advice to empathetic hosting. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Table Textiles Swatch, sample and swap with abandon. Until the scissors come out, nothing’s off the table. Arts & Culture Issue 30 At Work With: Charlotte Wilde A wine bar doyenne instructs on how to throw a party fit for Bacchus in your own home. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Comfort What if informal gatherings make us more etiquette conscious, not less?