What to do when you’re not the hero any more – Laurie Penny

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2015/12/what-do-when-youre-not-hero-any-more

Good article from Laurie Penny, about the shifting sands of contemporary cultural heroism in fiction. The writer (like one of the commentators on the article) thinks Laurie is a touch unfair to Joseph Campbell, and that his work is more balanced, complex and diverse than she suggests. The writer is a woman, and has found a lot of resonance and a lot that is useful in Joseph Campbell’s work – rather than a sense of exclusion. That said, Laurie’s article is full of interesting stuff and she is bang on accurate, both about the importance of story, and about our pressing cultural need to do some restor(y)ing, and create/reclaim a cultural mythology to include all of us (and all of life).

Thank you to Lisette Walker for her post on The Mythic Café, with Charles de Lint, on Facebook for drawing our attention to this.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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