Forty years ago, PBS released a series of Bill Moyers’ conversations with Joseph Campbell, a professor famous for his research on mythology. Netflix has commemorated this anniversary by making the series available on their streaming service. I decided to watch a few minutes of it this week while eating lunch and I haven’t been able to break away.
Moyers and Campbell set their interviews at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California. Lucas, of course, credits Campbell as the inspiration for the world he created around his Star Wars films. Campbell died rather suddenly of esophageal cancer in 1987, the year before the series aired. Their discussions were turned into the book, The Power of Myth, a readily accessible introduction to Campbell’s work.
Here’s a clip of Campbell describing his IBM PC.