Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It was a dark and stormy Sunday...

The rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it fell in torrents. The landlord hadn't turned on the heat, the Denver Marathon was still streaming down Santa Fe Drive, and the myth series reading group was due to meet at Miss Prothero's. I called the members of the group and gave them encouragements and warnings. The option of not meeting was laid on the table, but bless their hardy souls...They all came anyway. Street closures and bad weather be damned! Mythology or ritual story telling is what we used to use to connect with one another. The group wanted to connect, and so we did.

We talked about Winterson's Weight. We talked about science and mythology, the place of story telling in the modern world, and is there such a thing as a modern mythology. I asked who were our modern story tellers. Hollywood? The TV? Eric and Nancy pointed out that Hollywood and television don't tell us how we can be. They tell us how we are. They tell us how awful we are.

I didn't sell any books, but I did have a good time. If you want to participate in the next discussion, we'll be meeting on November 11 at 4 p.m. We'll be discussing Odysseus's long suffering wife and Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad. Call 303-572-2260 if you're interested in joining us.

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