Almost to the end!!
A Short History of Myth. One big gap in my education has been in the realm of myths. They're at the root of so much of the world's art and literature, yet I know very little. This is a pretty good introduction, although it wasn't quite what I was expecting--I was thinking it would be more specifics about different myths, but instead it's a rapid overview of different historical time periods, how myths in those time periods came to be, and what it all might mean.
Although it wasn't quite what I was looking for, it was interesting and persuasive, especially the last chapter, where she brings up the role 20th- and 21st-century artists play in creating and sustaining mythology in a highly scientific, logical world:
"Mythology, we have seen, is an art form. Any powerful work of art invades our being and changes it forever...
"If it is written and read with serious attention, a novel, like a myth or any great work of art, can become an initiation that helps us to make a painful rite of passage from one phase of life, one state of mind, to another. A novel, like myth, teaches us to see the world differently; it shows us how to look into our own hearts and to see our world from a perspective that goes beyond our own self-interest."
Makes me want to learn even more about mythology, which I would say was a desirable outcome for the author.