Monthly Archives: August 2011


The Helmet of Horror

The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin provides an intelligent, witty and very post-modern deconstruction of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The book is written as the chat log of a number of characters who awake to find themselves trapped in a labyrinth with […]

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The Outeniqua Trail

I had the good fortune to take time off in the middle of winter and hike the first five days of the Outeniqua Trail.  The full trail is seven days long, and ends at the start of the Harkerville (so the two can be combined […]



Weight by Jeanette Winterson is a retelling of the tale of Herakles (more commonly known by his Roman name, Hercules), and specifically the nth of his twelve tasks – temporarily relieving Atlas, doomed to forever carry the world on his shoulders, of his heavy burden. Winterson manages […]


A Short History of Myth

A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong is the opening installment in Canongate’s Myths series, and is an excellent introduction to and contextualisation of what is to follow. Armstrong follows mankind’s myths from the earliest, hunter-gatherer societies through ancient civilisations right up to modern […]


Myths Series

The world is full of myths – epic stories that hold fundamental truths and help us understand and navigate the world. They are found in every culture and on every continent. The mythology of our post-modern society, however, so easily gets caught up in its […]