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He Stood Alone

He Stood Alone

Who owns our myths? If we alter them, do we undo the sacred? Do we show hubris unaccountable? Do we strike down the work of great poets against their will, when they are forever unarmed and can not defend themselves or their honor? Complications, of course, exist, perhaps even explode on the scene of the first, next and last myth. They were once merely spoken and endlessly passed down from generation to generation, never finding their way onto paper or…

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She Came From the Sea

She Came From the Sea

A down on his luck fisherman looks in his net one day and finds a woman. The down on his luck fisherman has an adorable and precocious daughter who convinces him the catch may be a selkie, a half woman, half seal from the depths of Irish myth and legend. We watch as Ondine, the beautiful selkie played by Alicja Bachleda, develops a close relationship with the fisherman and his daughter. We wait to find out if she really is…

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Cuchulain, The Irish Achilles

Cuchulain, The Irish Achilles

The character of Cuchulain has always fascinated me, ever since I first read his adventures at the age of nine. Discovering him along with the Iliad and the Odyssey proved to be one of the key formative events in my life. It led to a lifetime of reading mythology, of digging deeply into the sources for those myths, and how subsequent centuries of literature use myth to deepen and broaden fiction, poetry and drama. My chief source as a young…

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