Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 1751
> Message: 4That could almost be a quote from either the NICE in _That Hideous
> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 17:02:36 -0600
> From: "Stolzi" <Stolzi@...>
> Subject: Re: Pullman doesn't like Tolkien, either
> And in looking for the Dawkins interview, I found out that Don Cupitt <said>
> "It's time to throw off the nostalgia and the illusions, and make a fresh
> start. Fantasies of wielding supernatural power are not of much help to
> children "
Strength_ or Eustace in _The Voyage of the Dawn Treader_. Do Dufus
Dawkins and Pullman know how typecast they've made themselves?
> Message: 5I hope your latter comment is the correct one. But it may be very
> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 18:31:39 -0500
> From: "Elizabeth Apgar Triano" <lizziewriter@...>
> Subject: I don't give a Poop what Pullman likes, BUT
> I do want to comment, though, that there is a LOT of bubble-gum-fantasy out
> there nowadays, from Pokemon, Digimon, and that ilk, to Barbie fairies and
> mermaids, and I don't even know what else. There is so much let's-pretend
> that I personally think we are weakened by a lack of equally riveting
> nature-science tales, with their following. I might just not know about
> them, but I haven't heard of modern equivalents of Black Beauty, Beautiful
> Joe, Misty of Chincoteague, My Side of the Mountain, Tom Swift, and so on.
> Jimmy Neutron is nice, but I would like to hear about books. There is too
> much electronic entertainment that they are too fond of, from CD computer
> games, to GameBoy, to TV/cable, that books are having a hard time
> Or maybe I just need to spend more time hanging around our shiny new
difficult to write novels of substance in a zeitgeist where there is no
good or evil, only the triumph of the group will to power.
> Message: 7The spoken word would be better, methinks, even than the written word.
> Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 06:14:17 -0000
> From: "Michael Martinez" <Michaelm@...>
> Subject: Question on the presentation of myth
> Here is something I have wondered from time to time while browsing
> the messages for MythSoc. How does the critical audience view the
> presentation of myth in today's popular culture?
> How do each of you feel myth SHOULD be presented by today's myth
> builders? Should it only be via written word?
Can you imagine what the scalds said to each other when Thoth gave
writing to Man? (so to speak)
> A television series like Battlestar Galactica would qualify, but notJM Straczynski came as close as anyone perhaps could with _Babylon 5_.
> something episodic like CSI.
The medium does have a message of its own, overcoming that would be
extremely difficult, I imagine. When you write your paper, and then your
book, I would suggest trying to interview him on that question. You will
write it, won't you?
> Message: 8The danger of forgetting the past in Book 1? Not sure what would be
> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 22:15:13 -0800
> From: David Bratman <dbratman@...>
> Subject: Re: Query
> I hope that Mike Foster, Tolkien instructor par excellence, has time to
> respond to this.
> My inclination would be to try to lean away from the running-commentary
> model, towards the idea of highlighting for each session a major theme of
> LOTR that's particularly appropriate for that day's Book. Perhaps the
> morality of war for Book 3, the nature of evil for Book 4, death and the
> desire for deathlessness in Book 5, eucatastrophe for Book 6.
unique about Book 2.