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Stephen G.

Assistant Organizer

Location:

New York, NY

Member since:

February 12, 2014

What aspects of Joseph Campbell's works interest you the most - myth, philosophy, art, ritual, psychology, metaphysics, hero cycles, story telling, anthropology, spiritual journeys, self-development, modern individualism etc

ALL aspects – but in particular those related to the role of the mythic imagination in creativity, and practical applications of mythology to contemporary life, and EVERYTHING related to dreams.

What's your favourite Joseph Campbell book/film/lecture/interview?

My personal favorites (forgive the Americanized spelling) are Creative Mythology, the fourth volume in Campbell's Mask of God tetralogy, and The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I find the lectures collected in Myths to Live By provide a good introduction to Campbell's work; the essays in Flight of the Wild Gander represent some of Campbell's deepest and most profound work. The third lecture in the Mythos III DVD, about Romanticism, strikes me as Joe's most mind-expanding talk, venturing from Schopenhauer into quantum physics.

What is your favourite mythological character or topic?

Hermes; the complex of myths surrounding Ariadne and Dionysus; the mythology of indigenous peoples (Native Americans) in the southwestern United States; and dreams (which J.C. characterized as "private myths").

How did you hear about our group?

From a cc in an email Phillip Spartalis sent to MartinWeyers, JCF's RoundTable coordinator and founder of the Mythological RoundTable® group in Heidelberg, Germany

Introduction

Aging retro-hippie, one-time political activist, junior high school literature teacher, and now, the last decade, one of the people who steer the Joseph Campbell Foundation in the U.S.A.


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