Tragedy in America: Three Plays by Arthur Miller - Episode 6

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Today I unpack three of Arthur Miller's most famous plays: All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.

I must really apologize for the frequency of the word "interesting" in this episode.  My only excuse is I recorded this one in the evening and so perhaps wasn't feeling as bright as during my Saturday morning recordings.  ;)

Further Reading:
Excerpt of Arthur Miller’s testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee 

C. S. Lewis in Outer Space, Part 1 - Episode 5

Sunday, July 30, 2017

C. S. Lewis wrote a science fiction trilogy?  You bet he did.  In this episode, we'll go over the first two books, Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra.

Works mentioned:
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton (Free online)
"Some Popular Fallacies about Vivisection" by Lewis Carroll (Ridiculously difficult to find.  My 1996 Wordsworth edition of the "complete illustrated" includes it, so I hope the 1998 edition in the link does as well.)

The Sea-Wolf and Other Sea Monsters - Episode 4

Sunday, June 25, 2017

On this voyage through classic literature, we join Humphrey van Weyden and follow his struggle to survive on the ominous ship The Ghost.

A couple of notes on this episode:
  1. At one point I mistakenly imply I rated the book 3 stars.  (I actually gave it a 4.)
  2. I apologize for the amount of background noise.  It may have been the chair I was sitting in - I'll try to improve the setup next time around. 
Have you read The Sea-Wolf (or other similar sea stories)?  Let me know what you thought of it!

The Writings of Lawrence of Arabia - Episode 3

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Today's episode delves into WWI history with the life and writings of T. E. Lawrence.


Books mentioned:
Crusader Castles (Hardcover)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Paperback)
Minorities: Good Poems by Small Poets and Small Poems by Good Poets (Hardcover)
The Forest Giant (Free online)
The Odyssey (Hardcover)  |  The Odyssey (Free online)
The Mint (Paperback)  |  The Mint (Free online)

Sources / Further Reading:
Mack, John E.  A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence.
Brown, Malcolm.  Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, the Legend.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (My book journal)

Ice and Axes - What Makes a Favorite? - Episode 2

Sunday, June 4, 2017

For this week's topic, I talk about my favorites from classic literature and why I may give up having "favorites" in the future.

We vs. Me - Episode 1

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In this pilot episode, I discuss my latest read, We - a dystopian classic novel by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin.