Tag: Philip Roth

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #125: The Great American Novel

General Introduction – Keeping the seat warm – Danny gets it right! – Listener feedback – Christian Humanist University Personal Definitions – Exemplifying American-ness – The changing representation of Huckleberry Finn – Shakespeare as American author – Subverting the American spirit – Great Novels from other countries The Nationalist Epic – Ex post facto epics…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #120.1: Alice Munro

General Introduction – Where’s Nathan? – Recording at night – Listener feedback – On lost causes – A question for Nathan to answer later Situating Munro – Her life and times – Restraint, not pyrotechnics – Munro as a woman writer – Her contemporaries, influences, and heirs – Transparent writing – Munro and the New…

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 #115: A New Hope

General Introduction – Missing our cues – Listener feedback Our Histories with Star Wars – The anthropic principle – The mythology of childhood – The importance of the action figures – Video games and trading cards The Conception of the Film – Lucas’s scant filmography – THX-1138 and American Graffiti – Throwbacks and moral complexity…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #110: Jewish-American Fiction

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Christian Humanist Profiles The Jewish Literary Explosion – Ex-minorities – Assimilation, on both sides – The face of intellectual America – Achievement in education – The New York Intellectuals – Stage and Screen – All-Americanness What Makes a Jewish Novel? – Is it a spectrum? – The Christian Humanist…

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…

A Link or Eight for to Ponder and Meditate

Susan McWilliams laments that Modern Family has benefits that actual modern life has stripped away from most families. Patrick Deneen wonders whether 18th-century liberalism had inherent in its project the roots of 21st-century liberalism. Stanley Fish once again fails to deliver a convincing reason why there should be humanities departments at all.  (Take note, Christian…