“How Mosquitoes Came to Be” Thoughts on a Tlingit Myth

I don't know how universal the myth of the dragonslayer is. I'm skeptical of analyses of myths that become so general as to be meaningless (Joseph Campbell)—I'm neither alone nor original in feeling this way. The dragonslayer is certainly popular, of course, and that is why stories that break its rigidity in clever ways are … Continue reading “How Mosquitoes Came to Be” Thoughts on a Tlingit Myth

The Adventures of Igneous Johnson in Ancient Greece: Igneous at Salamis

With a PhD from Gerard Butler University, where resides a respectably white supremacist Department of Greek, Igneous Johnson had had only the best of classical education. So it came as no surprise that Zeus, in all his infinite wisdom, told me that out of all the Americans, Igneous would be the one to enjoy the … Continue reading The Adventures of Igneous Johnson in Ancient Greece: Igneous at Salamis

Philaletheia and the Rose, or “Behind the Scenes at The Bachelorette”

In the prosperous city of Chrysotaos, favorite of all the Olympians, Philaletheia had become the greatest of the florists. Her flowers decorated the whole of the city. And very rich did she become, for from the moment her lovely creations grazed the proud city buildings and draped over the people's heads, so did they rot … Continue reading Philaletheia and the Rose, or “Behind the Scenes at The Bachelorette”