This is actually the discussion between Bill Moyer and Joseph Campbell from the TV program NOW, which Moyer hosted. Recorded in the late 80's, it is still relevant today.
They discuss hero archetypes, myths and how all Myths are a way for a culture to transcend this dimension and how to cope in Society for their time.
Listening to these too chaps is a meditation.
I am not completely impressed as most are by this book. Joseph Campbell is very smart and has dedicated himself to studying the world's religions and mythologies. I was impressed by him but he sure can talk a lot. He has a lot of knowledge and communicates it well. Learning that certain themes recur throughout the world in different cultures was really interesting. Bill Moyers on the other hand was a source of constant interruptions of nonsensical non sequential questions and faulty assumptions. Irritating. Esoteric and arcane, you really have to want to learn about this stuff to get much out of it.
Joseph Campbell is the man. He will change the way you look at everything- culture, your place in your culture, and yourself. His ideas are very accessible and easy to read (listen to) so if youre someone who cant really get into classical philosophy, or happen to be a human being, you need some Campbell in your brain pan.
This is a collection of various interviews with Joseph Campbell. If youve read his work or watched the Mythos series, there wont be anything new here. That said, its easy, thought provoking listening and Im glad I bought it. Just be aware of what it is before you buy it.
One of the very best
Both were wonderful. Campbell the most interesting to my ear
I was first introduced to this guy in a mythology class and I was instantly enthralled. Campbell follows yesterdays myths and points out how much many of our stories are influenced by world mythology today. Specifically he talks about heroes and themes. If you are a superhero fan, he even touches on myths that influenced characters like superman.
The format is that of an interview, where Campbell is asked questions that lead deeper and deeper into discussion. The six parts build on the information of the previous, but the information isn't and overload to the beginners mind.
I highly recommend this listen for anyone who has ever wondered, 'Hey, I wonder how people come up with these ideas.' It's fascinating to trace the influence on The Lord of the Rings and the graphic novel hero.
I have enjoyed this series several time in the past and was happy to listen again. Joseph Campbell has wonderful insight into the human experience. He helps the listener see how all religions and people are interconnected. He reminds us that we need to follow our bliss and discover our path in the world. Bill Moyers understanding of Joseph Cambell's work makes for an exceptional interview.
Actually listening to the man himself, not a a boring noratter with no expression and passion behind their story.
How to learn to love your enemy.
They're all my favourite. You can't compare them and and on and on what criteria & basis?