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Depth Psychological Take on the "Myth of American Innocence"

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Bonnie Bright M.A. talks to Barry Spector about grief, the archetype of Dionysis in our culture, the Myth of American Innocence and about Barry's book "Madness at the Gates of the City."
Barry is an author and mythologist who writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. His most recent book is Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence. His essays can be found on his websites (www.barryandmayaspector.comand www.madnessatthegates.com). Barry and his wife Maya conduct an annual Day of the Dead grief ritual which will take place on November 5th of 2011 near Berkeley, CA. 
Howard Zinn says, "Barry Spector’s book is a strikingly imaginative rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. It is a fascinating blend of literature, history and myth, and while we have had many critiques of contemporary America, his is unique in the way it draws upon the Greek gods to examine, with devastating accuracy, our present deities of war and greed. This is truly an original work."