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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Better than your First Kiss 10 Sept. 2011
By Shammy - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are only a few experiences one MUST have before one dies. The first taste of love. A voyage to a truly foreign land. Playing with a kitten. And of course, reading "The Immanence of Myth." Staggering in scope, the authors attempt nothing short of an exploration of the meaning of myth - which is to say, an exploration of the meaning of narrative itself. Personal myths compete with cultural myths, and autobiography blends into anthropology, scholarship, and even occultism. Less violent than the Bible, more profound than the Tao of Pooh, "The Immanence of Myth" promises to become a sacred text for a generation and-a-half of coffee-sipping liberals in bucolic college towns near you.
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Rambling, incoherent and poorly formatted 3 May 2012
By Matthew T Bird - Published on
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I went into this book with an open mind. As a visual artist myself, I was curious as to the views of another artist about a concept I've been struggling with in my own practice. Sadly, I still can't quite tell you exactly what it was I read.

The text itself mostly feels like a cross between a stoned late-night bull session trying to figure out life's big questions and an undergraduate talking around the issue in an attempt to make the word count instead of making cogent points. Simple ideas are discussed with a tedious and rambling circularity while more complex topics are given no more than a lick and a promise. Topics change at a rate that will give you whiplash. It constantly refers to concepts the writer admits have not been fully explored or even introduced yet.

This isn't to say James Curcio does not have meaningful insight to share with the reader. I just could not find them.

Making this morass even worse is the formatting, which seems to entirely omit block quotes. End notes are ordered seemingly at random, though in an ebook that is admittedly only an aesthetic annoyance.
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