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Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
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May 26, 2007

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Typical Campbell, the book is adapted from a series of talks he gave at the Cooper Union Forum between 1958 and 1971... equal parts penetrating analysis and sweeping generalization, grandiloquently naive structuralist explication and gleefully corroborative ethnic bricolage, basic comparative-religious historicity and soaringly majestic metaphysical/spiritual tract, equally embracing of the archaic revival, but at the same time affirmative of the promises and possibilities inherent in our future accomplishments, whatever that may mean.

No matter what you may think of his specific analyses and the potential shortcuts/conflations he takes to make them work, the strength of his innate belief in the power of the human spirit can't not serve in some capacity as the necessary beam of hope in our increasingly dark and anxious time(s).

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