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The recent OK, Boomer brouhaha both amused and bemused me, and made me think (surprise!) about Star Wars and Joseph Campbell, not that I needed an excuse. If you managed to miss it, so-called Millennials...

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[caption id="attachment_17969" align="alignright" width="300"] "Follow your bliss!" Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (from Episode 4: "Sacrifice and Bliss")[/caption] What did Joseph Campbell mean when he said, “Follow your bliss and...

A yamabushi performing a Shintō fire ritual, Kyōto,Japan, 1955. (Photograph by Joseph Campbell. Copyright © by Joseph Campbell Foundation, 2002. All rights reserved.)

It is the first day of spring as I sit down to write. The sun has entered Aries, the first sign in the Zodiac, marking the dawning of a new astrological year. The sun is...

Mythic Imagination: Collected Short Fiction by Joseph Campbell

For every profession, there’s a question people ask that isn’t the real question. When I was an actor, the question audience members asked was, “How do you learn all those lines?” when what they really...

Editor's note: This week we are sharing editor David Kudler's forward to Campbell's collection of essays Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal, in honor of its new release as an eBook and audio...

The Joseph Campbell Foundation is releasing a new e-publication entitled Art as Revelation, one of the last pieces that Campbell wrote and finished before his death. As David Kudler remarks in his Editor’s Note at the end of...

In April, 1999, I was at a crossroads. I had just left a job that I loved running a theater school because it no longer served my family's needs. I knew that I wanted to...

American poet T.S. Eliot opens his masterpiece The Wasteland with a section titled "The Burial of the Dead": APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots...

Why do we tell stories about quests? In traditional, warrior cultures, such tales make a certain practical sense: they're a way to give a sense of purpose to young men who have nothing to do...

Tristan and Isolde: the love-death

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, we read story after story of a human (or demi-human) encountering the gods and being literally transformed by the experience. The stories generally come in one of two flavors: the human is ready for...

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