"Whether it is Odysseus, King Arthur, or Luke Skywalker, the hero is the one who responds to the call to adventure. The stories often open with the hero appearing restless; something is missing in life; there is a feeling of destiny.
It is a time for separation. Sometimes it takes a shock to make the final break with the past and gain courage to accept the call. But no one can go it alone. Everyone needs a mentor.
The descent into the underworld of adventure is often blocked by strange and dangerous threshold guardians. They mark the point of no return. Beyond them is the region of the unknown, a dream-like labyrinth of tests and trials. To pass his initiation, the hero must become a dragon slayer, to seize the treasure or rescue the princess.
But the decisive ordeal of the quest in when the hero confronts death. He is challenged to follow the wisdom of his heart."
Brave New World on CBS's Theater of the Mind
Narrated by Aldous Huxley
written in 1931 and published in 1932. Set in the London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society.
H. P. Lovecraft "The Call of Cthulhu (excerpts)"
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."
William Carlos Williams: an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism.
"Shoot It Jimmy", "The Last Turn", "The World Narrowed to a Point", "To a Friend Concerning Several Ladies"
Wyndham Lewis: an English painter and author. He was a co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, and edited the literary magazine of the Vorticists, BLAST. Born on his father's yacht off of Nova Scotia, Canada.
"End of Enemy Interlude", "The Essential Purposes of Art", "Song of the Militant Romance"
Ezra Pound: an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in the first half of the 20th century.
"Canto XLV (With Usura)", "Cantico del sole"
T.S. Eliot: a poet, playwright, and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri and moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 becaming British subject in 1927.