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John the Posthumous by Jason Schwartz

A Haunting Mosaic of Form and Language

John the Posthumous is one of those rare novels that comes only once in a lifetime. It is a novel that took skill to craft, time to procure, and an undying attention to style that must have taken Jason Schwartz years to perfect. At best this novel is as haunting as it is beautiful. At worse it is a failed attempt to convey a sense of… something.

If that doesn’t make sense, good. This isn’t your regular story that has a beginning, middle, and end. This isn’t even a story that takes a beginning, middle, and end and chops it up into a mosaic. This book is, in fact, not a story at all. It is, in fact, a mosaic itself.

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The Conspiracy (2012 Movie) - Tarsus Group

A Look At One of America’s Most Popular Sub Cultures Through the Lens of Joseph Campbell

In the spring of 1968 the master of myth himself, Joseph Campbell, was invited to give a series of lectures on schizophrenia by the Esalen Institute’s director, Michael Murphy. He recalls in his essay “Schizophrenia—the Inward Journey,” that he didn’t know a thing about schizophrenia and he couldn’t understand this invitation one bit.

Murphy explained to Campbell that he’d be giving this talk with Dr. John Perry who had an amazing insight. That schizophrenia was not to be cured, rather it was a natural process that needed to be helped along. What made Campbell so perfect a match to Perry was that the schizophrenic’s necessary journey looked remarkably similar to what Campbell called the hero’s journey.

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Aeneas in the Underworld

Aeneid VI is the crossroad of the epic and the foundation on which all else depends. It links the past with the future, and compels Aeneas forward towards his duty. The journey to the underworld is a symbolic decomposition of Aeneas meant to redefine his nature so that he can better achieve his destined goal, founding Rome. It also however yields subtle insights to Vergil’s motives in writing the Aeneid that must be deciphered.To understand this, an examination of the journey through the underworld, especially the transmigration of souls described in VI.724-751, and how these relate to the rest of the Aeneid as well as Vergil’s own lifetime, must be undertaken.

While being led through the underworld in Book VI, Aeneas asks his father, Anchises, about the souls he sees crowded around the river Lethe. Anchises explains that these are the souls of those who have passed away, and that they are preparing to return to earth once more after enduring a long process of regeneration either through punishment or pleasure. He explains the entire process of metempsychosis they will undertake, of birth (VI.724-729), life (VI.730-734), death (VI.735-747), and rebirth (VI.748-751).

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A rumor once came from the North. There, it was said, strange lands drove out the green of life, the earth turned barren black and the water became hard with frost. Even the beasts–bears and wolves and many others–were told to have turned ivory in the eternal chill. This rumor, as all good stories must, became myth and was a favorite for children to have their mothers tell them at bedtime.

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