As a devotee of the art of storytelling I am a big fan of Joseph Campbell’s work in comparative mythology. He had a gift for revealing the fundamental elements common in stories across cultures and exploring how they can (and do) work in our daily lives.
I recently came across this blog by James Baquet which provides a solid overview of Campbell’s major themes. If you are unfamiliar with Campbell’s work this is a perfect place to start the journey.
As wonderful as Campbell’s writing is, (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By , etc…) listening to him share his passion and insight in conversation is where I find him most inspiring. If you’ve never seen/heard The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers I strongly urge you to do so. The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell with Michael Toms is not as well known but is also worth hearing.
Another big literary birthday today. Jules Verne, The father of Science Fiction, was born on this day in 1828.
Explore some of his work here.
Discover 8 things he invented in his writing that came true here.
Learn about him here.
Some links about the great author to celebrate:
Dickens advice to his son.
Learn all about him here.
Get a quote from him here.
“You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.”
I am at a complete loss to explain what a brilliant little film this is. Please watch.
This is a very impressive and exciting 3D short. Check it out.
I’ve been enjoying re-watching these conversations between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers on PBS. There is so much enlightening information here, no matter what your views on culture and faith. (I wish they had a player that was more blogger friendly.)
Watch Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers Promo on PBS. See more from pbs.
So much is possible in a short period of time.
See more beautiful moments here.
This is one of the best animated short films I have seen in a long time. It’s magical when an artist breathes life into an inanimate object.