myth

With a Sling and a Stone

Michelangelo’s Approach to the Ordeal   The marble not yet carved can hold the form Of every thought the greatest artist has, And no conception ever comes to pass Unless the hand obeys the intellect. — from “Sonnet XV” by… Read More ›

The Monkey Wrench Gang Critique

The Monkey Wrench Gang is one of those rarities in literature: a novel that spawns a movement, literally comes to life. What William Gibson’s science fiction has done for cyberspace and virtual lives based on networked computing, Edward Abbey’s works… Read More ›

Origins: Cactus Ed

MAY ALL YOUR TRAILS BE CROOKED, WINDING, LONESOME, DANGEROUS, LEADING TO THE MOST AMAZING VIEW, WHERE SOMETHING STRANGE AND MORE BEAUTIFUL AND MORE FULL OF WONDER THAN YOUR DEEPEST DREAMS WAITS FOR YOU. — Edward Abbey (1927-1989)   Edward Paul… Read More ›

Understanding Media

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Critical Edition by Marshall McLuhan (1964) Edited by W. Terrence Gordon (2003) In this, the book that catapulted him to the world stage of philosophic frontiers, McLuhan looks to the likes of W.B. Yeats,… Read More ›

The Gutenberg Galaxy

The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man by Marshall McLuhan (1962) From Shakespeare’s Lear to Joyce’s Finnegans, Marshall McLuhan shows how the printing press moved Western man from the hot, hyperesthetic world of the ear to the cool, neutral… Read More ›

Zen Physics

Zen Physics: The Science of Death, the Logic of Reincarnation by David Darling (1996) I’m a dualist — can’t help it, always have been — no matter how eloquently Hofstadter tells me that I am a strange loop. And I… Read More ›

Myths to Live By

Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell (1972) In this collection of essays, taken from lectures delivered in the Great Hall of The Cooper Union Forum, New York City, 1958-1971, Campbell writes of the issues in mythology most central to… Read More ›