I’ve been silent here since I started my MFA program, largely because the moũsai (muses) and my work ethic have given me little rest. But I was deeply moved to return when I came upon the stories of a modern writer. I just can’t wait to share this! Let me introduce him:
Eric Burns of Banter Latte described why and (perhaps more importantly) how we need to create our own mythology in a way that it can live in harmony with science (or at least not contradict it too badly) and reflect the world today. At risk of obscuring his message, I’ll simply quote his first article on the subject “Mythology of the Modern World: Introduction and Coffee” in its entirety below. I recommend starting there, and then checking out all of his modern myths. Also check out the comments – they’re both amusing and enlightening – he often explains his choice of names for particular gods and loci. My only regret is that he seems to have stopped writing in 2007, which leaves me both unsatisfied but also compelled to carry this on further. You can find more of his stories and essays on modern mythology in the side panel there under the Blogroll or under the Must Read! header, but I’ll probably repost my favorites here too.
When you’ve read this appeal, consider your role in modernizing mythology. What myths would you tell to explain modern mysteries? How would you retell the old myths in a way that’s relevant today? Continue reading