Drawing from history, movies, pop culture, and his own life experience, filmmaker and writer Phil Cousineau shows how ancient myths continue to affect and shape our contemporary lives. Each chapter moves from the ancient to the modern, from the once, to the now, to the future. Chapters include both retellings of classical myths--Sisyphus, Odysseus, Kronos--along with new accounts of contemporary myths of time, cities, vampires, even baseball. Sisyphus is shown to be the inspiration for the French Resistance (and Cousineau's own struggles as a writer), Dionysus is made current by rock legend Jim Morrison, and new science and technology are laid at the feet of Hermes.
Cousineau, long-time student of Joseph Campbell, makes a compelling case that myths--the enduring fantastical tales of gods and goddesses, heroines and heroes--provide a map by which to chart the stories of our own lives. In "Once and Future Myths," he presents a unique path to personal growth with a deep examination of our lives in the context of the world's great myths.
About the Author
Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, editor, documentary filmmaker, travel leader and storyteller. An expert in mythology, travel and creativity, he has published more than 25 books, including the bestselling The Art of Pilgrimage and Stoking the Creative Fires. He has 15 documentary screenwriting credits to his name, including The Hero's Journey and the Academy Award-nominated Forever Activists. Currently, he is host of the national television series Global Spirit on Link TV and lives in San Francisco, California. Scott Chamberlin Hoyt is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, budding tea connoisseur and director of The Meaning of Tea project. His longtime interest in tea increased when he began studying various alternatives to orthodox modern medicine and learned that tea, and the enjoyment of tea, is one of the cornerstones of living life well. Scott lives in New York City and is on the board for Global Learning Across Borders, is a member of the Directors Circle for the American Botanical Council, and is President of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York.