What’s a Mythographer?

Myths are everywhere.  They constantly intersect with our daily lives.  They can be attached to a religious tradition, like the story of the parting of the Red Sea, or they can be free-floating on the ether, like razorblades in Halloween apples.   A myth survives because people believe it.  You can disprove a myth, and people will still believe it. So for my money, the question to ask about a myth is not “is it true or false?” but “Where did it come from?” “Why do people believe it’s true?” and “What purpose does it serve?”  So get your myths busted on the Discovery Channel, or debunked elsewhere, then come to the Mythographer to stalk around after them like a private investigator with an open mind, a sketch pad, and a long memory.

2 Responses to What’s a Mythographer?

  1. […] traded Manhattan to the Dutch for a bunch of beads worth not much? The Mythographer has that one on long-term surveillance. This past weekend Inwood Hill Park–legendary site of the unfair trade–hosted […]

  2. […] so. It’s about the whole idea of writing about science and religion together, a version of my Mythographer Manifesto.  (Also, the TFT actually pays writers 75% of the ad revenue generated by their pages, which is […]

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