Aug 31, 2020
Joseph Campbell was a proponent of the power of myth in framing human life. But in America in the 21st Century, what myths do we have to live by?
Well... there's always Star Wars...
Nov 26, 2019
Antonin Artaud was a self-described 'madman' and persistent failure in the theatre... He was also one of the great artistic geniuses of the 20th Century.
Mar 27, 2018
The Hero's Journey, as described by Joseph Campbell, is one of the most influential ideas in modern storytelling. Every Hero's Journey starts with a call to adventure.
But what happens when the call is confusing or contradictory... or when it never comes?
This is the final episode of Season One of Quite Useless.
Nov 15, 2017
First Blood, the first installment in the iconic Rambo franchise, was released 35 years ago this fall. In this episode, I take a look at how the franchise has both reflected and influenced American culture--and question both the ethical and epistemic implications of the films' success.
This is the second part of a...
Nov 15, 2017
Eric Poulin, host of the political podcast The People's Soapbox, takes a look at the classic 1988 action movie Die Hard, asking what its development and continued popularity tell us American cultural--both then and now.
Also, Eric and I discover something shady as we're preparing the episode to air...
This is the first...