1.29.2011

Episode 147: Genesis, chapters 13-15

In which Abram goes on the warpath, meets a mysterious priest, and has an out-of-body experience.
Episode 147, chapters 13-15
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
  • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
  • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
  • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
  • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
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    1.27.2011

    Lagniappe 41: Just So - How The Whale Got His Throat

    In the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. ...

    How The Whale Got His Throat
    (listen or download from link above)

    In which we are treated to one of Rudyard Kipling's lesser known Just So Stories.
    See the story and all the illustrations with Kipling's captions.
    Thank you to Will Duquette for his wonderful narration.

    According to Webster
    la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
    Function:
    noun
    Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
    Date: 1844
    : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
    broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

    Rudyard Kipling

    Just So stories, narrated by Will Duquette.

    1.22.2011

    Lagniappe 40: Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky
    (listen or download from link above)
    In which a poetic, yet furious, battle is fought with the Jabberwock.
    Thank you to Will Duquette for his wonderful reading of this classic bit of Lewis Carroll.


    According to Webster
    la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
    Function:
    noun
    Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
    Date: 1844
    : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
    broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

    Episode 146: Genesis, chapters 10-12

    In which there is babbling and traveling. 
    Episode 146, chapters 10-12
    (download or listen via this link)
    Book Information
    • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
    • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
    • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
    • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
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      1.20.2011

      Good Story #2: Serenity

      The topic of this week's A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, where Scott and I talk Firefly, Serenity, Joss Whedon ... and more to the point, discuss belief, good marriage, humanism, confession, and love.

      In news for Forgotten Classics ... this very podcast ...  which has not had any new episodes for far too long, I am sooooo close to posting the newest one. Really! Truly! It is coming soon!

      1.11.2011

      Apologies for the delay in the next episode

      Last week I was at sixes and sevens trying to get back in the swing of a full work week after the holidays.

      This weekend I was literally sitting down to record, when my sister, who was in Dallas for a convention, called to say that she was violently ill. So all was dropped until she was better. Which she is and as she left for her home today, I will get back to recording soon.

      1.06.2011

      Podcast Premiere: A Good Story Is Hard To Find

      Announcing a new Catholic podcast that examines books and movies from a Catholic perspective.

      It features Scott Danielson and I who have a lot in common. We are both frequent contributors to SFFaudio (a science fiction audiobook review site and podcast) and also both practicing Catholics. After an SFFaudio podcast one week (the Readalong about The Stars My Destination), we realized that there was a lot to say about some of these books from a Catholic perspective, and we were leaving much of it unsaid. This led to the idea of a podcast where we talk about books and movies “as Catholics”.

      So we did it! We just posted the first episode – where we discuss Alden Bell’s excellent zombie novel The Reapers Are the Angels. The podcast is called A Good Story is Hard to Find. The iTunes feed will be coming soon.

      Please join us!

      1.04.2011

      Forgotten Tales 1: Great Claus and Little Claus

      Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library) 
      In which Hans Christian Andersen tells us about two Clauses who belong on Santa's naughty list.
      (download or listen via this link)

      Read more of Hans Christian Andersen's works here.

      1.03.2011

      Catholic Podcasts

      C. is a listener who writes:
      I have a question for you. I am a Catholic too and I was wondering if you had any good Catholic themed podcast recommendations? I was browsing the subject in itunes but it was really hard to figure out what was good from bad. It dawned on me to ask you (enthusiastic podcast listener) before I had to suffer through bad to get to good.
      There are some fascinating podcasts out there, both Catholic and more generally Christian, that range from Scripture study to movies to science. Here are my favorites, though they do not represent every good podcast out there. These are Catholic unless otherwise noted, as per answering the question above, but

      INSPIRATION
      • Verbum Domini
        Daily readings of the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Good for anyone who wants a daily dose of scripture. I go in and out of listening but generally keep the week's readings on my iPod. I find that listening to the readings gives me a different perspective sometimes, although I also usually am reading them at some time during the day in my Magnificat. I will be an occasional lector for this podcast beginning on January 22. (iTunes link, website link)
      • Pray-as-you-go
        Daily prayer. This podcast is usually about 10 minutes. It begins with music (they use quite a variety from Lady Blacksmith Mogambo to French monks to contemporary worship style), then read one of the Mass readings for the day. They give time for contemplation of this scripture with a series of gently asked questions that invite us to think about it in ways we might not otherwise. I go in and out of listening to this one at different times but always have it on my iPod (iTunes link, website link)
      FAITH AND THE REAL WORLD
      • The Catholic Laboratory
        This is a podcast and website dedicated to helping the world rediscover the rich scientific heritage of the Catholic Church and to understanding the Church’s stance towards modern science. I especially enjoy the series that help link modern scientific discoveries with the Church's teachings (now doing a Theology of the Body focus). Also very valuable for keeping up with science news.  (iTunes link, website link)
      • The Flicks That Church Forgot
        I have been listening to this podcast for some time now. Peter Laws, a Baptist minister in England loves horror movies and loves Jesus Christ also. As he puts it, "If God really does exist everywhere why can't we find his fingerprints in the scary places?" Each episode is usually a look at a horror film which Peter then follows up with a thoughtful look at something about Christianity or living a Christian life. It is really well done and always respectful to both Christians and nonbelievers. This post about his Halloween series will give you a good idea of how Peter handles the subject. (iTunes link, website link)

      • Two Edge Talk
        Deacon Tim and Cyndi talk about how to live the Catholic faith ... ranging from specific understanding of Catholic teachings to more general questions such as just how do we live an abundant life of faith when we’re so darned busy just surviving? I was alerted to this after seeing several nonCatholics mention how they had learned about Catholic teachings “so they make sense” by listening to this podcast. This is a must listen when it comes in every other week. (iTunes link, website link)

      • Watching Theology
        Host Joe Johnson and a co-host (which may vary) are Christians who explore the religious and ethical implications of the movies they watch. They are careful not to read anything into the movies that isn't there but they do dig deeper to see what worldview and belief system each story reveals in the telling. I do not always agree with their conclusions (most notably Gattaca) but they are always thought provoking. Now being produced on a fairly irregular basis but it is still coming out and there is a large back library to explore. (iTunes link, website link)
        INSTRUCTION
        • Catholic Stuff You Should Know
          Modeled after the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know, this podcast explains a wide range of topics ... everything from Stylites (standing on pillars in style) to Ethiopian Christianity to Bishop's Wear and beyond. (iTunes link, website link)

        • St. Irenaeus Ministries
          Scripture study that is practical. The teacher is extremely insightful in giving connections between scripture and daily life. He keeps it real and although he has an orthodox Catholic point of view, this is a podcast I recommend to nonCatholics. I listen every week and since I tend to be behind on it, sometimes daily. An essential. (iTunes link, website link)
        [Note: if the podcasts above don't cover what you're interested in, be sure to check out the SQPN network of podcasts that cover a wide range of topics from Catholic Under the Hood to The Catholic Foodie to Catholic Pilot to Lisa Hendey's Catholic Moments. (iTunes link, website link)]