Joseph Campbell is awful

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On 07/07/2021 at 8:07 PM, benny said:

Honestly, I've never read such insufferable prose in all my life. It takes careful deciphering of Campbell's word salads to extract very simple (albeit powerful) lessons about the human journey.


He's so pompous and self-indulgent that I actually get angry at him when reading his supposed magnum opus, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. It makes me want to resurrect him so I can punch him in his stupid face and tell him what a god awful writer he is.


The end.

Hahaha lol.  Ever consider becoming a book critic?

But ya, I get it.  I found his stuff kinda hard to decipher too.  I dont think he's pompous though.  Just sorta maybe out of touch with anyone who doesn't have a deeper understanding of mythology. 

"Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down"   --   Marry Poppins

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Have you listened to any of his lectures? I find that his love for the material really comes through in his lectures more than his writing, especially when he starts telling a story, rather than the academic aspects. Truly infectious enthusiasm.

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