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bob mustin

I don't read Brooks anymore - although I'd like to - because the NYT charges for the pleasure. But I'm intrigued by both your and his views of heroes and frontiers.
I think Brooks is alluding to the anti-hero, wallowing in alienation and seeking an anchor in him/her self. This must, it seems, occur at a frontier's final curtain.
And I think you're right in seeing the hero as perhaps an archetypal personality suited to the new(est) frontier, whatever form that may take. This hero breaks from the bondage of the old, creating new rules and a new ideal of personality that will encompass the best of the old as well as the terror and exhilaration of the new.
You buy this? If so, how would you describe whatever new frontier may be waiting for us and its personality type?

Derek Murphy

Great article, and your book on Greek heroes seems fascinating - is it out yet?


Derek, thanks for the ups. My book on Greek heroes is on hold at the moment, but if you have kids you might want to check out my learn-on-your-own course from the Duke Talent Identification Program. It's for gifted 5th to 7th graders, but it contains a large amount of my ideas on Greek heroes.

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