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Trickster in cyberspace


WileECoyotePeter "I'm not a Fool, but I play one on the Internet" Michaels maintains "a webpage dedicated to exploring the complex mythic/archetypal figure of Trickster" called Fool's Paradise. The page starts with a quote out of genius Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary:

Fool, n. A person who pervades the domain of intellectual speculation and diffuses himself through the channels of moral activity. He is omnific, omniform, omnipercipient, omniscient, omnipotent. He it was who invented letters, printing, the railroad, the steamboat, the telegraph, the platitude, and the circle of the sciences. He created patriotism and taught nations war--founded theology, philosophy, law, medicine, and Chicago. He established monarchical and republican government. He is from everlasting to everlasting--such as creation's dawn beheld he fooleth now. In the morning of time he sang upon primitive hills, and in the noonday of existance headed the procession of being. His grandmotherly hand has warmly tucked-in the set sun of civilization, and in the twilight he prepares Man's evening meal of milk-and-morality and turns down the covers of the universal grave. And after the rest of us shall have retired for the night of eternal oblivion he will sit up to write a history of human civilization.

Besides an absolutely encompassing, comprehensive and commented link-collection on the trickster, the site hosts an ever growing bibliography of trickster-related printed matter. Also included is a section on 'tricksters in real-life', which on the one hand reminds me of the Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia and on the other hand of my still not yet published dissertation ... (c;


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another online mag

is the peer reviewed free online magazine "tricksters way" edited by the trinity university of san antonio, texas.

they also feature a huge bibliography

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The Encyclopedia of Hotcâk (Winnebago) Mythology

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w00t -- updates to a quite old story of mine. Both very worthwhile, tnx a lot!

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