Something, Something, Freud

Sometimes I feel like reading this is a futile effort. I think Joseph Campbell knew a lot of myths and really wanted an excuse to tell them, and they are fascinating. It comes, however, that more of the book is dedicated to telling the myths in completion than talking about…

This Book is Longer than Necessary (Hero with a Thousand Faces)

We're back, with more The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Last week we looked at The Call to Adventure and The Herald, who being this call. This week we'll be looking at The Refusal, and it doesn't take long for Joseph Campbell to get back to Freud and, in this…

We're Into the Meat! (Hero with a Thousand Faces)

Welcome back to the weekly series Layman Reads as I blunder my way through The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. And speaking of blunders, we come to my first point of contention. It’s a small thing, but it’s Freud again, and now Campbell is insisting,…

Ouch, My Head (Hero with a Thousand Faces)

Welcome back, once again, to the series I am tentatively calling "Layman Reads." We're revisiting and completing the Prologue of The Hero with a Thousand Faces this week. We left off after the first part titled "Myth and Dream", where Campbell talked about personal and social…

March 1st 2018 Update

This month has been the beginning of my efforts to build a platform. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to proceed as an author and how to turn this dream of mine into a reality. My first step has been to start posting more regularly here,…