She begins her post with this: “‘The universe is made of stories, not atoms’, poet Muriel Rukeyser famously remarked.”
It’s true enough to be a truism. We live by stories, in stories, telling stories.
Furthermore, atoms are stories too.
A simple ring supposedly owned by Jane Austen recently sold at auction for $236,000. Its value without the story? Probably a couple of hundred bucks. It’s just as easy to think of stories which detract from value, eg the value of Jeffrey Dahmer’s house.
Is it possible to quantify the story value, the sentimental value, of things? Sometimes, yes: Significant Objects: How Stories Confer Value Upon the Vacant