Saturday, February 10, 2007

After a game or show is over, there must be a new game or new show

While all self-help, philosophy, and religion has been summarized and tested and found to have the same absolute laws and principles at their base, I needed something else to do - and a solution to my constantly needing to work at art, but torn by the interests in philosophy.

I'd recently picked up a copy of Campbell's books, dusted it off from my shelves and began reading. However, his prose is thick - so I make little progress.

But... this is an interesting approach I can get behind: analyze various popular fables and children's stories to see how they stack up against Campbell's model. The Practical Guide below makes short summary (Cliff note-style) and so should help me with my reading and this project.

Idea is to start illustrating these texts, making new children's books. I'd pick up those which are interesting, meaning have some philsophical bent which align with these Universal Laws - to see if in our tales and myths, we really keep forwarding the lessons of these laws when applied. (Or if our culture has been mislead by entertainment-as-distraction, as opposed to edutainment and/or infotainment (Fox News). A byproduct would be turning me into a top-flight author and illustrator/cartoonist.

A Practical Guide to THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell In the long run, th: "A Practical Guide to THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell ----------------------------------------------------------------- In the long run, the most influential book of the 20th Century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell's THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. It's certainly true that the book is having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Aware or not, filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes to the ageless pattern that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. "

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