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Low culture retelling and recontextualizion of myths from various cultures
on 24 May 2014
Most books on mythology treat myths as some kind of highly venerable ancient tradition, while for most parts myths were part of low culture, told or sung by drunken men who never treated it too seriously and changed the story and the characters from retelling to retelling - at least that's how it definitely was in ancient Greece, and it's a safe bet it wasn't that different it other places.
Cory O'Brien extrapolates from that and recontextualizes the myths by performing a very low culture and highly entertaining retelling of them. Not just the usual kind like Greek, Norse, or Egyptian - he goes all the way into American Founding Fathers, Scientology's Xenu story, and even the Big Bang creation myth (and as he says - it doesn't matter if the myth is true or not, it matters if it successfully provides meaning).
The book is also pretty short, so it doesn't overstay its welcome - something I can definitely appreciate. You'll end it craving for more, not glad that it's all over (yes, I'm talking to you G.R.R.Martin about all the Meereenese crap you added to the Game of Thrones series).