I maintain a wunderkammer, or oddities collection, primarily comprised of things I have found in my travels. Every year for the past 7 years, San Francisco’s Edwardian Ball hires me to display it in an evolving series which I call The Haul of 1,000 Wanders. Paxton Gate, local purveyors of eclectic relics of the natural world, generously grant me access to their own collection for each year’s iteration.
Most recently, I arranged the entirety of The Haul in accordance with the various components of the Hero’s Journey as set forth by the work of Joseph Campbell, peppered with selections from relevant poems I have written. Specific items are labeled with poetic nods to the hallmarks of what Campbell calls the monomyth—the timeless and culturally ubiquitous template by which nearly all stories find their way.