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The Stuff of Legends

Welcome to the special feature, Your Barista Today Is: an entertaining AND educational feature designed to bring you information you can use and enjoyment that you need during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic. With everything turned on its head, why not work and play at the same time? Your barista today is a regular hero and for your drink today we recommend: the stuff of legends—the theme for this week’s menu.

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the vicinity of comparative mythology or narratology or any of the other -ologies having to do with stories, you’ve probably run into the monomyth model, also known as the hero’s journey. It looks like this:

Black and white diagram of the hero's journey model
The hero’s journey model

If you’re a bit fancier, it looks like this:

An illustrated version of the hero's journey model
Illustrated version of the hero’s journey model, courtesy of your’s truly

Essentially, the model consists of a cycle wherein the hero experiences a call to adventure, undergoes challenges and temptations, achieves revelation, death, and rebirth, undergoes transformation and atonement, and finally makes their return. If you look closely, many great stories—and even everyday stories—follow this formula.

If you’re ready to go on your own hero’s journey, may I suggest the following menu:

Recommended reading:The Reminiscence of Good King Carnack by Jack Harvey
Recommended viewing:Supernatural (Seasons 1-5)
Meal suggestion:A beast you hunted yourself
Drink suggestion:Asgardian mead


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