Tag: David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jesters: An Introduction

Hey Humanists! This summer we’ve got another read-through for you, our first attempt to go through a novel together.  Nathan Gilmour and some of his colleagues at Emmanuel College (and possibly a student or two, but we’ll see on that one) are starting–not for the first time in some of our cases–David Foster Wallace’s 1996…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #7: Our Posthuman Brave New World

A few months ago, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about Google’s new driverless car. I’m much less optimistic about technology than he is, and I couldn’t share his enthusiasm about this new technological marvel. All I could think of was the tens of thousands of professional drivers—taxis and buses and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #130.1: Amusing Ourselves to Death

General Criticism – Dr. David Grubbs! – Listener feedback – Lewis as gateway drug – The Christian Feminist Podcast – Swearing on the podcast! Brave New World or 1984? – Government and culture – Television as soma – Unintelligible promiscuity Material Conditions – MTV and the rise of cable television – The home computer –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #120: God Is Dead?

General Introduction – A bunch of listener feedback – Nathan defends the dark ages – Is country music rural? – More on metamodernism – Signifying rappers with David Foster Wallace – Episodes on spiritual disciples? – David Godot The Gay Science – Translating fröliche – Shattering boundaries – Nietzsche and homosexuality – The dismal science…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #118: Metamodernism

General Introduction – Listener feedback – We talk about Mike Tyson for awhile What Is Postmodernism? – Modernism without the anxiety – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Playfulness and literary production – Local subjective truths – Ontology, not epistemology – Historicism in biblical studies – Postmodernist architecture – Whose metamodernism? – Smiling nihilism Postmodern Irony –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #108: Generations

General Introduction – We’re back—at least some of us are – Introducing Danny Anderson – The Christian Humanist Empire expands – Listener feedback The Generation Gap – The history of teenagers – The widening of the gap – Earlier generation gaps – Technological speed – Marketing and separate worlds – The ‘20s and the ‘60s…