From "Telstar" to "Vault of Horror," from Rattigan to Kerouac, from the Village of Bray to the Village of Midwich, help PZ link old ancient news and pop culture. I think I can see him, "Crawling from the Wreckage." Will he find his way? This show is brought to you by Mockingbird! www.mbird.com
May 29th, 2011 | 54 mins 12 secs
Philip Wylie was a prophet in the war between the sexes. His 1951 novel "The Disappearance," in which, through an unexplained 'cosmic blink,' all the women disappear form the world of the men and all the men disappear from the world of the women, is so noble and so disturbing, so wrenching and so uplifting, so wise and so uncommonly religious, that is becomes required reading for everyone who is a man everyone who is a woman.
May 7th, 2011 | 26 mins 32 secs
Herman Wouk's 1985 novel "War and Remembrance" has a most prophetic minor character buried within its 1300 pages. This character is a philosophical and definitely sweet English aristocrat named Duncan Burne-Wilke, whom we meet in the "CBI" or "China Burma India" theater of the Second World War.
April 30th, 2011 | 31 mins 8 secs
This is my favorite book. It's also Bill Murray's. It is called "The Razor's Edge" and was written by Somerset Maugham. It was published in 1944. It tells the story of some well-to-do Americans from Lake Forest, who all find what they're looking for in life. One of them, "Larry Darrell," loses his life only to save it. He is the hero, and I think he could be yours.
P.S. Who's "Ruysbroek?"
April 17th, 2011 | 34 mins 8 secs
"The Green Pastures" is a 1930 American play, and 1936 Hollywood movie, that was once as famous as "Our Town." Now, for reasons of political correctness, it is rarely seen and seldom taught. Even the DVD has to carry a "Warning" label. (Good grief!) How dearly we have robbed ourselves of a pearl of truly great price.
April 7th, 2011 | 35 mins 2 secs
Bishop Bell appears as a main character in Rolf Hochhuth's 1967 play entitled "Soldiers." Bell confronts Churchill on the morality of murder from the air, especially when it involves the murder of civilians. Such a confrontation never actually took place, but the Bishop and the Prime Minister had the thoughts and stated them. The PM detested Bell.
March 27th, 2011 | 33 mins 44 secs
George K. A. Bell (1883-1958) was the Bishop of Chichester during World War II. He addressed the House of Lords on February 9, 1944, questioning the Government on the use of "carpet bombing" of German cities. Bishop Bell regarded this kind of bombing, which was intended to destroy German morale and bring the war to an end, as a war crime.
March 19th, 2011 | 36 mins
Religious partisanship is normal, explicable, and terminal. It kills Christianity. It sure killed me. Or maybe it wised me up.
March 13th, 2011 | 48 mins 20 secs
Life in a Final Club! "The Social Network" has made it high profile all of the sudden. What is was, was fun, delightful, blessedly un-serious in a way serious world, with a taste of Evelyn Waugh. We loved it. Why was the story never told? That's a story.
February 27th, 2011 | 33 mins 20 secs
This is an impression of The Yardbirds, the first avant-garde band we ever knew. With Eric Clapton to start, then Jeff Beck, then Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, then Jimmy page only, their music, especially the guitar breaks, lived on the edge of INSANITY.
February 13th, 2011 | 31 mins 54 secs
This podcast is about professional titles: the more reduced in circumstances an institution, the more high-flown its titles. Did you know that until about 1970, Episcopal clergy were always called "Mr."?
February 8th, 2011 | 33 mins 16 secs
Here's a little gazetteer of Episcopal Protestant interiors. They're nice. Delaware's is in the middle of nowhere, and Boston's finest is Unitarian. George Washington sat beneath a central pulpit in Alexandria and "Low Country" farmers did the same. And don't forget the Motor City: I mean, Duanesburg, New York. But always remember this—even if you are actually able to visit these places, no one will ever believe you when you get back home. They simply CAN'T exist!
February 6th, 2011 | 36 mins 36 secs
This one is about Protestant aesthetics as expressed in architecture and design. It is "a tale told by an idiot," however, for no one ever believes you. Only Henny Penny says the Episcopal Church was once Protestant and "Low" — right up to the Disco Era. Memory being what it is, this is the tale of a forgotten 200 years.
February 2nd, 2011 | 30 mins 52 secs
Late Saturday nights was a time for little boys to howl. "Shock Theater" came on around one! We learned every line of the 'original' "Dracula" (1931), memorized every release date of every Mummy movie from 1932 to 1945, and, most important, got married for life to: "The Bride of Frankenstein." This is the story of those late Saturday nights, which gave our mothers such trouble, since it was they who would have to...wake us up for church.
January 30th, 2011 | 30 mins 20 secs
The Circle was a movie theater in downtown Washington where two boys discovered foreign film. Boris Karloff and James Whale became superseded by Sergei Eisenstein and Francois Truffaut. Or mostly. (We were only 13 years old, for crying out loud.) This podcast tells our Tales from the Circle. Every word is true. It is Part III of The Moviegoer and is dedicated to Lloyd Fonvielle.
January 26th, 2011 | 29 mins 38 secs
Part II of The Moviegoer, in which our ten-year-old hero discovers Edgar Allan Pie via Roger Corman in the downtown movie palaces of Loew's Capital, Loew's Palace, and the R.K.O Keith's. He comes face to face with a strange new Glynis Johns before encountering "The Vampire and the Ballerina" exactly one block from the White House.
January 23rd, 2011 | 30 mins 32 secs
This is the story of a conversion. It happened in the Fall of 1959, and I've never looked back. It happened in connection with some mountaineering in the Swiss Alps. Like the man in "The Crawling Eye," I lost my head. Still haven't found it.