The Weekly Commonplace (3/26/17)


“That one’s own skull is too worthy a chamber for deception to reign—and yet Kruppe assures you from long experience that all deceit is born in the mind and there it is nurtured while virtues starve.” (Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon, 165)


“Good storytelling lets the audience relieve events in the present so they can understand the forces, choices, and emotions that led the character to do what he did. Stories are really giving the audience a form of knowledge–emotional knowledge–or what used to be known as wisdom, but they do it in a playful, entertaining way.” (John Truby, Anatomy of Story, 6)

“The more often you ask ‘What if…?’ the more fully you can inhabit this landscape, flesh out its details, and make it compelling for an audience.” (Truby, 21)

“It is the business of mythology proper, and of fairy tale, to reveal the specific dangers and techniques of the dark interior way from tragedy to comedy.” (Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces29)

“The passage of the mythological hero may be overground, incidentally; fundamentally it is inward–into depths where obscure resistances are overcome, and log lost, forgotten powers are revivified, to be made available for the transfiguration of the world. This deed accomplished, life no longer suffers hopelessly under the terrible mutilations of ubiquitious disaster, battered by time, hideous throughout space; but with its horror visible still, its cries of anguish still tumultuous, it becomes penetrated by an all-suffering, all-sustaining love, and a knowledge of its own unconquered power.” (Campbell, 29)

(Image courtesy of Patrick Tomasso and


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