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Reply To: What’s In a Name?” with Stephen Gerringer”


Happy Day, philspar (and everyone else as well),

Thank you for the kind words. I considered replying to everyone in one long post, especially given some overlap, but massive blocks of text on message boards tend to discourage the fainthearted reader (especially given how social media platforms have successfully re-programmed shorter attention spans in their users the last several years), so I’ll respond to each of you in turn.

I wholeheartedly agree with your observation about Joseph Campbell’s titles. From The Masks of God (which Campbell described as a “natural history of the Gods”) to The Historical Atlas of World Mythology (which emphases the historical and geographical distribution of mythic motifs), each title captures and conveys the essence of that work.

As for a three-dimensional virtual reality rendering of Joe’s desk, I would have needed to take pictures with something other than the ancient Blackberry I was still using at the time. However, here are a few close-ups to go with the photo above: