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America’s Mythology: Abundance From Nothing 

With my head steeped in early mythology, and in particular the stories by which Athens imagined itself "born of the earth," Thanksgiving has snuck up on me once again. It does that. Indeed, one of the interesting aspects of founding narratives is the way in which they repeat themselves. Founding, it seems, is never over, …

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In Search of Withdrawing Gods 

I was at the library today, playing detective, tracking down a lead. And I found myself musing on the layers of what I was doing. Someone wrote a book, it was translated, printed, then photographed and copied to microfiche, which I in turn was scanning as digital images, converting to PDF's, saving to the cloud, …

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Strange Beginnings: The Birth of Athena 

One day, according to the stories, Zeus' head was laid open to the light of day. It was split by the surgical strike of an ax, and out stepped Athena, full grown and fully armored. Some suggest that she arrived with a shout, causing the sky and earth to take notice, and by all accounts …

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