I was Darkly Dreaming

William Blake – Forgotten 18th Century Myth-Maker

William was a largely forgotten and little-known poet in London in the late 1700’s. But we should recognize he too was a mythologist, investing heavily in his own diverse and rich personal mythology that he created from his imagination and rejection of religious and cultural norms. What I have tried to do through my Phantammeron […]

The Naïf in Literature

The world today needs the Naïf more than ever. For thousands of years Western Culture taught us about an aspect of ourselves that could transcend the “failed myths” that no longer served them in the culture. This was done through the Naïf – the naive yet seemingly delusional reality of a simple sort of hero […]

That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do

“That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do” (or The Door), 1931 – oil painting by Ivan Albright, American, 1897-1983. This is a strange little painting by an America-Russian painter from the early 20th century – Ivan Albright. This was one of my grandfather’s favorite paintings. He was a deeply philosophical and spiritual […]