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The Hero’s Journey Revisited

In his 1949 tome “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, Joseph Campbell synthesizes his outrageously influential mythic model of the ‘Hero’s Journey’: a complex, multi-stage narrative progression that begins with an ordinary person called into an adventure, being aided by a wiser elder, crossing a threshold (a point of no return), facing a series of …Continue Reading >>>

A Festival of Fairies

This morning (August 11, 2020), seguing from a discussion about diatoms, Ije and I told Alethea about “Aurora Borealis”. Mangling the name for the Earth’s magical display of northern lights as she pronounced it, she asked: “What’s that?” We paused briefly then told her it is where fairies congregate to talk about stuff, to exchange …Continue Reading >>>

The world will never be clean enough

Through the imprisoned archetypal figure of Baldur, I continue to find a useful way to think and talk about “whiteness”, which is in my perspective a planetary vocation that enlists bodies – organic, technological and conceptual – in the proliferation of a paradigm of “safety”, “escape”, or “purity”. If you don’t know the story, Baldur …Continue Reading >>>

When clarity befuddles

If you know where you are going, if you are clear on the destination and how to get there, it may be that your clarity has fooled you into thinking you have traversed worlds when you have merely substituted familiarity and intelligibility for the uncomfortable yet transformative potential of bewilderment. Bayo Akomolafe

Nagasaki

Today, like 3 days before in 1945 Hiroshima, marks the 75th anniversary of the American deployment and detonation of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb over the city of Nagasaki. Those apocalyptic moments, in the thick of a ferocious World War, mirror our ongoing struggles to defeat a stealthier enemy in the middle of a pandemic. …Continue Reading >>>

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