Author and poet Stephen Kuusisto discusses his efforts to bridge consciousness gaps between people with disabilities and those without. In ancient cultures, he points out, "people with deformities or disabilities were actually revered precisely because of their abnormalities, which were thought to have magical associations. The Greeks carry this ancient vestige of disability and magical thinking forward in their representations of the blind seer Tiresias, who figures so prominently in Oedipus Rex. The notion that people who are crippled or blind or deaf have compensatory powers from the gods is one of those aspects of what Carl Jung called 'the universal unconscious.'"
[Daemonic Dispatches] • An introduction to the column "Daemonic Dispatches," which aims to describe with the cartographer's discerning eye and interpret with the mythographer's spirited clairvoyance the new daemonic lands breaking in upon human consciousness. . . in the spirit of the classic cartographers Samuel de Champlain and Charles Fort.