Tag: Edgar Allan Poe

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #147: H.P. Lovecraft

David Grubbs gets spooky with Michial Farmer and Nathan Gilmour as the trio discusses the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Conversations range from literary influence to biological racism, with some discussions on artistic imagination thrown in for good measure. The stories at the core of the conversation are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “Arthur Jermyn,” and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #136: Gabriel García Márquez

Nathan Gilmour leads a discussion with Michial Farmer and David Grubbs about two stories by the late Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez—“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Handomest Drowned Man in the World.” Our opening music this week is Pep Squad’s “Angel,” from their 1998 album No Doy!

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

General Introduction  – Our special guest – Listener feedback – I dream of The Christian Humanist Podcast – C.S. Lewis and universalism – In which we explain pop culture to David Grubbs – Tolkien and Ransom – Anti-vaccination and the Internet – Bible episodes Aristotelian Physics – Phusis and natura – From dirt to gods…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #103: Edgar Allan Poe

General Introduction – Should we talk about the weather? – Listener feedback – The Purgatory Experiment Poe Myths – Marrying his cousin – Drug addiction – Alcoholism – Death – A self-portrait Magazine Culture – Literary centers – A broad audience – Self-fashioning through scandal – Poe as mercenary – Poe as editor Poe’s Narrators…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #97: Kubla Khan

General Introduction – We read the poem – Listener feedback – The best listener email ever The Back Story – Laudanum – Seeing images – The disruptive doorbell – The precession of the back story – Writers and drugs The History – The real Kublai Khan – Khan’s pleasure dome – Orientalism – The medieval…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #82: The Ocean

General Introduction – Whose campus smells worst? – Nathan pokes another hornet’s nest – A beer for your stomach Etymologies – Marine is boring – Okeanos – Are marines soldiers or sailors? – The North(ern) Sea – Plural waters – Does size matter? The Ocean in Ancient Cosmologies – The Babylonian sea dragon – The…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #68: Romanticism

General Introduction – Welcome back, Professor Grubbs! – Welcome back, respectability! – How did Nathan blog so much? What Is Romanticism? – Not the sentimental relationship – Not the genre – Not the global mindset – The Romantic movement and the Enlightenment – Searching for a starting date – The problem with Romantic innovation –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #46: Cybernetics

BLOOPBLEEPBLURGH General Introduction – What’s on the blog? – The feud continues – Polymathery Cybernetics as Governance – Not a portmanteau! – Getting organized as a spiritual gift – Rudder-steerer – Modern definition – Military purposes – David Grubbs’s computer-programming past – Feedback loops and exploding robot heads – Cyborgs vs. androids The Myth of…

The Broken Mystery and the Deus Obliviscitus

Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” but was already bored with the genre a year later, when he published its sequel, “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.” C. Auguste Dupin wraps up his first murder case rather neatly, and if modern readers’ knowledge of zoology renders that ending…

The Christian Humanist, Episode #22.1: Science

Our outro music this week comes from Michael Knott’s 1994 record Rocket and a Bomb. The song’s called “Jan the Weatherman.” Hey, “Jan” rhymes with “Dan,” and our special guest this week is tornado chaser Dr. Dan Dawson. He’s kind of a weatherman, anyway. General Introduction – Where’s David Grubbs? – Welcome to our special…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #19: Detective Fiction

Our theme song this week is Chagall Guevara’s “Murder in the Big House” from their self-titled 1991 album–a forgotten gem. General Introduction – The Christian Humanist Circus – Responses to listener email – Our attempts at creative writing Getting Down to It – Bringing respect to detective fiction – Let’s leave phrenology out of this…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #16.1

Another Gilmour-less episode. It may be until tomorrow before it gets added to iTunes, etc. I’m sure you’ll recognize the theme music. General Introduction – No Nathan – What’s on the blog? Our Emotionally Scarring Experiences – The Shining haunts Michial’s dreams – Slasher movies – Beetlejuice and a man in a yellow wolf suit…

Emerson, Poe, and the War on Science

I’ve been accused of being “anti-science” on the podcast, a charge against which I’ve done my best to defend myself. My suspicion, as I say in that second post, is not of science qua science but of science’s attempt to either (a) discover metaphysical truth; or, more often these days, (b) discount metaphysical truth as…