Joseph Campbell’s proposed monomyth theory, commonly known as the hero’s journey, is the basis of most stories, from Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. In the beginning, the hero is a misfit, unready for the adventure that comes his way. But through meeting various characters, he prepares to meet his nemesis. There are seven main characters in the monomyth … Continue reading The Monomyth Theory
Otherwise know as Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk. I have watched this well over thirty times. People always say, “I’ve watched that movie, like, a hundred times”, but this is no hyperbole. This film had been the background to countless house cleanings, exercises, and late night study sessions. The film was produced by Toei Animation by … Continue reading The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Originally featured in the July 14th New York Times, Check out this and other brilliant art(many related to writing and books) by Grant Snider at his website.
Young-Ha Kim’s novel, The Right To Destroy Myself, is a look at suicide from the viewpoint of death. At least, that is my viewpoint. The protagonist is a nameless man who searches for clients through advertisements that say simply, “I will listen to your problems”. He then weeds out people whom he deems not on … Continue reading Book Review: I Have The Right To Destroy Myself
A Ted Talk by author Kim Youngha about the need for creative foolishness in children and adults. His main idea is that we as adults are stifling children and, thus, stifling ourselves once those children have grown up and become us. He encourages the audience to let go of the fear of being silly and … Continue reading Be an Artist, Right Now!
“Where did you come from?” The man at the table asks me. He sips a frothy drink, nothing more than oil-colored bubbles that cling to his wiry mustache after each sip. I stand I know not where. To my right are ducks swimming in a river running beneath me. A bridge? Yes, it must be. … Continue reading Absinthe Dreams II
Besides being the title of one of Ernest Hemingway’s novels, it is also the name of another of his creations: a drink. To make, simply “[p]our one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.” Hemingway explained its origin with a … Continue reading Death in the Afternoon
Check out this great essay written by the man. Only takes about ten minutes to read. Below is my favorite snippet that pertains to all writers: I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions … Continue reading George Orwell: Why I Write