My favorite graphic from this week’s class announcements was Arthur Rackham’s illustration of Alice meeting the Caterpillar, from Alice in Wonderland:
The video I watched was “What makes a hero?,” a TED-Ed talk by Matthew Winkler. This is a popular introduction to the concept of the “Hero’s Journey,” a supposedly universal progression of myths and popular stories. It’s a nicely put together video, but I’m skeptical of the framework itself: people are very good at rationalizing, and I think that the framework is so general that it is fairly uninteresting that so many stories can be contorted into its form. Still, I enjoyed the video.