because the post-modern international lurches towards the mess ups and bereavements that sign the tip of an age, we flip to fantasy to realize the basic forces that go through our lives, to understand who we're, to appreciate which tales tell our attention.
"Madness on the Gates of the City," writes Robert Johnson in his advent, “shows how the US on a regular basis re-enacts previous styles that reason us to subvert our objectives and omit the deeper that means in occasions. yet through American heritage, politics and pop culture in the course of the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous knowledge and archetypal psychology, the writer discovers new wish in very previous methods of considering. This booklet may still entice someone drawn to delusion, Classics, historical past, psychology or innovative politics.”
Barry Spector’s publication is a strikingly inventive rumination on our society, attaining again into Greek mythology to light up the area at the present time. it's a interesting combination of literature, background and fable, and whereas now we have had many evaluations of up to date the USA, his is exclusive within the manner it attracts upon the Greek gods to envision, with devastating accuracy, our current deities of struggle and greed. this is often actually an unique paintings.
—Howard Zinn, writer of A People’s heritage of the United States
Our global lives, loves, suffers and triumphs by way of delusion, frequently unseen and unconsidered. within the culture of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, Barry Spector makes myths come alive; he is helping us within the desperately vital activity of re-imagining our approach.
—Jack Kornfield, writer of A course With Heart
Barry Spector’s insanity on the Gates of the town explores how Euripides’ Bacchae, written to warn his past due fifth-century Athenian compatriots of the interior damaging forces threatening their cherished urban, may help us glance extra truthfully on the fake innocence that sustains our illusions concerning the American dream and forestalls our acknowledging its darkish underside. but, the booklet ends with a superbly voiced “story that may be true”: shall we carry those repressive blinders, shall we learn how to listen and heed an archetypal cry for initiation right into a means of being on the planet that honors the life-giving energies the Greeks referred to as via the identify Dionysos. —Christine Downing, writer of The Goddess
Madness on the Gates of the town is immediately an indictment of America’s obsession with innocence and a treatise on tragedy and fable. Provocative and tough, it echoes with penetrating rules and mythic nuances. —Michael Meade, writer of the area at the back of the World
Like Freud, Barry Spector has opened a sealed door to the subconscious. no longer of a person, yet to a state. possibly Spector would select “underground,” for this time period top displays the hidden international, consigned to the dungeons of Americana, the place the god Dionysus dwells. yet Dionysus doesn’t wait less than patiently: he escapes 1000 occasions an afternoon, in tune, in dance, in drama, frenzy and fable, sawing via chilly brick and the fevered vanguard of cognizance. insanity on the Gates of town: the parable of yank Innocence explores that underworld of nationwide repression and exhumes old gods of the Western psyche that have been as soon as suggestion lifeless and long past to advertise the therapeutic balms of stability opposed to the dystopian current of militarism, consumerism, racism and empire. Spector imagines a brand new the US, one at peace with itself, its genuine self, no longer its imagined self. no longer its Apollonian, paranoid, imperial self. He is aware that mind's eye is frequently the precursor of lived swap, and he desires to join that method, of a brand new factor being born.
— Mumia Abu-Jamal, writer of Jailhouse legal professionals