PZ's Podcast

PZ's Podcast

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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
263 - Too Weak to Fight
Nov 19 • 23 min
One's Christian life will fail if it is not rooted in the truth of human nature, which we all share, like it or not. Similarly, everyone's life, whether Christian or non-Christian or anti-Christian, will fail if it's not rooted in reality. And reality,…
262 - Magic
Nov 19 • 22 min
When it comes to rules or advice for long-term marriage, I often seem to hear words like "covenant" and "promise-keeping". These conceptions of keeping faith with another person are laudatory and fine — and even necessary to keep the love going. But…
261 - Mountain of Love
Nov 12 • 20 min
This is a kind of "work-book" question for the listeners to this podcast. The issue of romantic love is to the fore again, but the question is other: Why is there general radio silence on the vital point; or rather, why is there not more active…
260 - Transgressive Enough 4 U?
Nov 12 • 23 min
Experiencing a massive re-think just now concerning world cinema! This has been occasioned in part by watching every disc one can get one's hands on of the recently released catalogue of British "Vintage Classics". Have you ever heard of "Mandy" (1951)?…
259 - Revenge of the Creature
Nov 6 • 23 min
We're talking about love today — wouldn't ya know — and the relation of divine love to romantic love. It's a familiar, but one that remains very fresh, at least as long as human memory and human loss remain conscious. Here is the key line, from a kind of…
258 - Sunshine of Your Love
Oct 3 • 23 min
Everyone was young once. Adolescence, which is roughly the period between ages 16 and 25, is THE time in your life when you experience the strongest emotions, emotions contingent on loss but also fulfilment, expression but also suppression. You could…
257 - T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)
Sep 17 • 23 min
Mrs. Zahl recently used the word "periphery" to describe our attitude, mine and hers, to increasing numbers of institutions, groups, and schools of thought to which we have been attached and for which we have been engaged for a long time. It's not that…
256 - My Antediluvian Baby
Aug 15 • 21 min
Donovan's odd and brilliant song from 1970 entitled "Atlantis" is a good example of what PZ's Podcast is all about. And what is that?: Well, if you get to the heart of what's really on your mind, what's really bothering you, then you are almost home.…
255 - The Letter
Jul 31 • 21 min
Pastorally — and generally — it is easy to miss the core of what's going on with a person in pain. You may see some symptoms — tho' sometimes even the symptoms are hidden — and may sub-rationally understand that something bad is taking place under the…
254 - Tupper
Jul 30 • 20 min
No finer Southern prep ever hit the scene than the Sewanee graduate Tupper Saussy. His two albums produced under the name "The Neon Philharmonic", with Don Gant, are supreme examples of symphonic rock. More than that, however, the songs are profound.…
253 - Facing the Cannons (NOT!)
Jul 23 • 20 min
Shibboleth's are often true in part. Maxims are true in part. But they are never, or at least rarely, wholly true. One such maxim is a current fashionable imperative, Face the Cannons. The idea is that when you are confronted with opposition or…
252 - Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Jul 19 • 25 min
In a quote that's been making the rounds recently, Rudolph Bultmann wrote, "When we encounter the words of Jesus in history, we do not judge them by a philosophical system with reference to their rational validity; they meet us with the question of how we…
251 - The Spider and the Fly
Jul 4 • 22 min
Benjamin Britten's 'Spider and the Fly' number from his Suite for "Johnson over Jordan", by J.B. Priestley, takes you by surprise. It sounds like Gershwin at the start, then becomes a kind of danse, and is ultimately sinister. The composer meant it like…
250 - Bells Are Ringing
Jun 21 • 22 min
This is a short riposte to the politicization of basically everything just now; but not in the way of taking sides, but rather in the way of digging deeper. I mean, digging deeper to the best and true interests of human beings. The best and true interest…
249 - Sanctification (Is Making Me Late)
Jun 3 • 22 min
Ellis Brazeal recently pointed out a clear-and-present fact about what we call "sanctification". Ellis observed that the moment we begin to think we have it, or have made it, it is completely nullified. In other words, the only actual sanctification at…
248 - Dead Reckoning
May 25 • 24 min
Pastoral experience in hospital pre-op units provides abundant evidence for the existence of the soul. I first saw this evidence in Birmingham years ago, when someone we knew and loved was having to go into the operating room twice the same day, because…
247 - Shoe Horn
May 11 • 22 min
People are constantly trying to shoe horn their search for God into containers too tight for the Object of the search. This is probably true of some of your interests, whether it's food or Hammer horror films or "Philadelphia Soul" — to name two of my…
246 - Welcome to the Club
May 2 • 24 min
One of the best things about the recent Mockingbird conference in NYC was its unerring focus on universals and primary factors in human destiny and identity, rather than on contingencies and elements in life that do not endure, but pass away. Hence one's…
245 - How U Break a Soul-Tie
Apr 22 • 23 min
Well, the short answer, tho' not the whole answer, is: you can't. I wish you could. I can give you a hundred pointers and tips concerning it; and can even print out some prayers for you to say, in hopes of their breaking the soul-tie. But they would all…
244 - Soul-Tie
Apr 9 • 25 min
This cast is a kind of summation of my thinking about romantic love in its relation to one's soul's salvation. I have thought about the compelling nature of romance — between two people, I mean — in both its positive, inspiring importance and also its…
243 - Hitchcock Railway
Mar 23 • 21 min
This cast is about low anthropology, or rather, hidden anthropology. Have you been struck by the comments concerning the Austin bomber in which people near and dear to the young man say they saw no signs or external evidence of any kind that he was…
242 - Bay of Angels
Mar 15 • 18 min
I'm always surprised when proponents of One Way Love fail to apply it in concrete cases. In other words, we can talk a good game — about how Christ is always there, gets there first (!), when we are at our lowest ebb, in our worst place of sin and…
241 - Urgent
Jan 30 • 25 min
People are so good at minimizing the human situation. I've encountered this throughout Mary's and my ministry, right from the very start, in Silver Spring, MD. The religious "professionals" detested my message, that the world was in incomparable conflict…
240 - 8 Days a Week
Jan 25 • 22 min
I don't talk about romantic love because it is worshipful in its own right. I talk about romantic love because it is the closest signpost we have to God. Whether it's the Beatles ("Eight Days a Week") or Hugo ("The Hunchback of Notre Dame") or Wagner…
239 – A Disease I Do Not Have the Courage to Name
Dec 12, 2017 • 23 min
This Christmas cast is about communication between people, and God. Moreover, it’s about the cost of poor communication, which can be suicide, let alone habitual alienation. And the rich advantage of good communication, which can be the difference between…
238 – Motivate!
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
This is a short talk on motivation and love. What motivates a person to do something — to REALLY do something. As opposed to remaining endlessly exhausted and trapped, within a cycle of inner conflict and desuetude. As usual in PZ’s Podcast, love is the…
237 – One Monkey
Oct 15, 2017 • 20 min
You listen to the group Honey Cone, described today as early feminists, and they are talking about a universal truth and in memorable pop terms. No hatred of men here, just the emotional recognition that if you don’t love her, she can’t really love you.…
236 – Psychosis
Sep 27, 2017 • 22 min
“Psychosis” is a very strong word for a cultural phenomenon. But it allows us to speak of a fissure over against reality, when groups of people see things around them in a way that is divorced from the facts. You can apply the phenomenon of group fissure…
235 – The Year We Make Contact
Sep 12, 2017 • 24 min
I’m talking about pastoral contact, which is just another way of talking about personal contact. How do you get through to somebody? How do they get through to you? What establishes direct contact with the person that you really are? The music of my casts…
234 – Turning Point
Sep 11, 2017 • 21 min
This theme of the insuperability of at least one problem in your life continues to absorb me — and in the light of hope and hopefulness. I tell the story of a woman who recently attended a meeting of church executives, almost all of whom are absorbed by…
233 – The Story in Your Eyes
Sep 11, 2017 • 19 min
We’ve all got a story in our eyes! The Moody Blues, and in particular their inspired songwriter Justin Hayward, caught that “Silent-Running” fact in the 1971 single that starts this podcast. We’ve all got a story in our eyes. Characteristically, the story…
232 – Easier Said Than Done
Sep 4, 2017 • 23 min
Sometimes when I hear a sermon or address that stresses the presence of God in catastrophic situations, let alone God’s presence in the midst of sin and sinners, I want to stand up and ask (tho’ I never do): “Do you really believe what you are saying? Are…
230 – Question (LIVE)
Aug 28, 2017 • 23 min
The fact that the mainstream churches are hiding their Light under a bushel is the primary reason for their atrophy. The fact that most of our churches are “missing in action” when it comes to the seemingly insuperable pain of living that we bring to them…
231 – On the Road to Love
Aug 28, 2017 • 24 min
One more ‘riff’ on the paucity of mainstream church “address” to the hungry and hurt visitor, let alone the hungry and hurt regular; but with hope: Justin Hayward is sometimes accused of sentimental romanticism. I don’t agree. I think he is on to…
228 - Eternal Return
Feb 13, 2017 • 20 min
I keep trying to make sense of the divisions we are almost all feeling currently.How can one get "under" them, i.e., in hopes of lessening them a little? Does anyone who is reading this enjoy feeling estranged from others, especially old friends, for…
211 - Son, This Is She
Feb 8, 2016 • 24 min
There is this amazing supposed contrast between the God Who comes to us from without, and the God Who speaks to us from within. Historic Christianity generally hears the First. Eastern religion generally hears the second. Personally, I hear both — by…
210 - Saved!
Jan 31, 2016 • 25 min
When you were in a tight spot, how did help get through to you, assuming help did get through to you? Did God speak from out of the whirlwind — of crisis, panic, and despair? Or did aid come from inside yourself — a 'how-to' or random thought that proved…
209 - How To Be Popular If You’re a Guy
Jan 25, 2016 • 25 min
The answer to that question has to lie, somehow, in whatever explains the popular success of Rodney Marvin ('Rod') McKuen. Rod McKuen died a year ago, and did you know he sold 100 million records? No kidding. Rod McKuen sold 100 million records. (He also…
208 - Five O’Clock World
Jan 7, 2016 • 24 min
Now we think that reality, the "real world", is what happens "between nine and five", that is, what happens at work, in the office, at school, in career, and so forth. And a lot of people want to tell us that's true. "But not The Vogues. They were from…
207 - Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Nov 15, 2015 • 25 min
Here are a few thoughts concerning the atrocity attacks in Paris. I talk about Islam (and "Islamophobia"), Syrian migration into Europe, Original Sin and "low" vs. "high" anthropology, reaction-formations among young men when drones are over their heads…
206 - The Rich Man and Lazarus
Nov 9, 2015 • 20 min
I keep getting requests for a sort of "early morning Bible study" — giving the 'treatment', you might say, to a New Testament text that stings, and also helps. So that's what I'll do for a few episodes, beginning with this one. Christ's Parable of the…
205 - Unforeseen
Nov 9, 2015 • 20 min
It's not an abstraction! It's more than something just to talk about or consider. It could happen to you. In fact, it probably will. I'm talking about unforeseen death. Some people hold on for a long time, even when they don't really want to. Other people…
204 - Honest to God
Oct 1, 2015 • 22 min
Pop songs about love are like a corkscrew for understanding the Bible. Songs like "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Don't Pull Your Love Out on Me, Baby", together with a zillion co-belligerants that are written and performed "In the Name of Love" (Thompson…
203 - Pope Francis and the Historical Jesus
Oct 1, 2015 • 21 min
The music is "Good Vibrations" at the start, by The Beach Boys; and "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Super Star)", at the end, by Glen Campbell. Here is the description for iTunes and also the blurb for Mockingbird: So much has been written — I mean, SO…
202: Pope Francis
Sep 28, 2015 • 21 min
Did you cry at any point as you watched Pope Francis in action during his visit? If you did, when was it? What made you cry? "Now it wasn't just John Boehner! I noticed as I watched the Pope inter-acting with individuals, and especially with individuals…
201: The Real Thing
Sep 16, 2015 • 24 min
Is there anything to it? Is vertical religion — not just calls to social justice, not just implied belief (system) — but actual vertical religion rooted in anything resembling fact? I'm utterly bummed these days by mainstream Christianity that just leaps…
200: Catatonia
Aug 12, 2015 • 22 min
This is not the Who's Final Tour. (They always come back.) So maybe it is the Who's Final Tour. Whatever it is, it's Podcast 200, and that's a benchmark. Somehow. So I decided to sum up the two core themes of the last… 100 or so casts, and also tell you…
199: What Actually Happens
Aug 8, 2015 • 22 min
If you don't factor in the element of romantic love — or at least its possibility — you'll surprise yourself when you start making decisions in life. Sometimes I wish I could give a college commencement address. (No one is ever going to ask.) But I should…
198: Mirage Fighter
Aug 8, 2015 • 23 min
Talk about being misunderstood!: Artur London was one of the 11 most misunderstood men in the world, at least at the end of 1951. London was a defendant in the Slansky Trial, a "show trial" under Joseph Stalin. After suffering the most inhuman torture and…
197: The Sacraments Rightly Understood
Aug 8, 2015 • 21 min
The church is today so vastly over-eucharisted that you can barely pause to catch your breath. This cast offers an alternative view of the Holy Communion, as well as of Baptism. The original Prayer Book definition of a sacrament was that it is 'an outward…
196: Cimarron
Jul 31, 2015 • 25 min
"The movie Cimarron, which was released in 1931, won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. (Did you know this?) It's great blessing, Cimarron — which was based on the novel Cimarron, written by Edna Ferber. But you'd never know it's a blessing if…
195: Shag (The Movie)
Jul 28, 2015 • 20 min
Shag The Movie (1989) is a great little entertainment! It captures perfectly, and with high humor and enormous love and heart, the Beach Music phenomenon of the 1960s. Today, however, it touches a current issue — right from the opening credits. What do…
194: Left Hand Path
Jul 24, 2015 • 19 min
I think I'm supposed to understand why right-wing people are intolerant. But it's harder for me to understand why left-wing people are intolerant. Guess I thought they were supposed to be about freedom and diversity. Come to find out, they're not. So I…
193: Cross Dressing
Jul 21, 2015 • 22 min
The Gallant Hours (1959) is one heuristic movie. Not only does it teach the Church a thing or two about how to honor faithful service, but it depicts an entirely ideal instance of how to dress properly if you're a minister — or, Heav'n forfend, a…
192: How to Save the Church (But Our Lips Are Sealed)
Jul 20, 2015 • 23 min
The Church I have known all my life is in free fall numerically. I'm talking about Sunday attendance in everyday parishes. This is not conceptual: one parish Mary and I served for six and a half years has recently closed. (Yes, it's been there since 1832,…
191: Shakin’ All Over
Jul 20, 2015 • 22 min
This talk concerns the indelibility of certain memories, and why they, and not other memories, are indelible. It also concerns a worrying vision I had in January. But it's all one! Here is my little attempt at some wise counsel: how to integrate indelible…
190 - PZ’s Fabulous New Dating Tips for Gals
Jul 6, 2015 • 18 min
This is a word to your future self. You probably can't hear it today. But I predict you'll hear it loud and clear in five years, or maybe ten. This is a word to your future self. It's a new fabulous dating tip, and carries almost no exceptions, tho' I…
189 - Why Weepest Thou?
Jun 28, 2015 • 18 min
"What makes you cry? When you have an irruption of strong feeling — and I mean tears in this case — what is going on? This cast tries to get underneath some emotions we all feel, and in terms of music. It is a subjective "take" on one's music and one's…
188 - Scuppernong
Jun 23, 2015 • 20 min
Tupper Saussy (1936-2007) was a musician behind The Neon Philharmonic, who produced two memorable albums in 1968-69. He was also a polymath who let himself get in the sights of the Internal Revenue Service, and paid a heavy price for it. Moreover, he was…
187 - Norwegian Wood
Jun 15, 2015 • 20 min
Nevil Shute, whose proper name was Nevil Shute Norway, was a British novelist whose work took an odd turn in mid-career. He was a kind of parasitologist of human nature, always asking the big questions: Why do people act the way they do? How does the past…
186 - Dead End (My Friend)
Jun 14, 2015 • 19 min
'No' is the worst word you can ever hear. (I realize the virtues of saying 'No', yourself, on certain occasions. But when 'No' is said to you, especially at an impressionable age, it's the worst.) This cast is about the damage created by 'No', especially…
185 - One Toke Over The Line (Sweet Mary)
Mar 11, 2015 • 24 min
What think ye when I say that 95% of what you are doing is futile and meaningless? Well, let's put it another way: From the standpoint of the after-life, what you are doing is… you fill in the blanks. But you can still make it! You've got to learn how to…
184 - Hysteria
Mar 8, 2015 • 24 min
In life you can be trapped by forces that are bigger than you are. Especially in professional life. It's possible to "wander in" — or rather, bumble in — to a situation in which you get used by somebody else to accomplish a plan of theirs of which you…
183 - Dr. Syn
Mar 6, 2015 • 22 min
Oh, to encounter an integrated minister! We all want to be integrated — to be ourselves in the pulpit and also out of it. But it's tricky to pull off. Pharisaical elements in the church — usually one or two individuals in the parish, who are present —…
181 - Dualism Clinic with James Bernard
Jan 25, 2015 • 22 min
Come to find out, dualism has a limited but necessary role in resolving the human dilemma, i.e., in living. The percentage is maybe 20% most of the time, but it's possibly 90% some of the time. The English composer James Bernard is Exhibit A here, and a…
180 - Metropolitan Life
Nov 21, 2014 • 22 min
]This is the tableau of a childhood memory, a memory that came literally to life recently. I entered a dream, but then the dream was real. A little like the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but in reverse. With help from Orpheus and, by way of…
179 - Ere the Winter Storms
Nov 14, 2014 • 24 min
Why are so many unchanged, I mean fundamentally unchanged, by the red lights of life? What accounts for persons' resistance to the lessons of catastrophe? This week Robert W. Anderson, not 'Sister Mary Ignatius', explains it all to us.
178 - Without Which Not
Oct 29, 2014 • 27 min
Things recently got so bad somewhere that it looks like all hope is gone. The thing "imploded", like 'Susan' in The Buckinghams' otherwise cheery pop single. Poor Susan! Is there still hope? PZ thinks there is. But it comes from over the border! And from…
177 - Whipped Cream
Oct 7, 2014 • 28 min
Big explosions in Church! Like at the beginning of "Cloverfield". What do they mean? Is there any hope in the aftermath? Well, would I be recording this if I didn't think so, from Lake Tahoe, as it turns out? With help from Herb Alpert. And Jane Austen.…
176 - Everything Is Tuesday
Aug 26, 2014 • 20 min
August Coda. Labor Day Coda. General Johnson Coda. Mergers Not Acquisitions Coda.
175 - Does the Name Grimsby Do Anything to You?
Aug 26, 2014 • 28 min
An August summation, from one explorer to hopefully others. Rod Serling describes a unique case of one. Then Armando Trovajoli puts into music the secret of life. Yes, the secret of life.
174 - Federal Theology in the Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Aug 22, 2014 • 29 min
"So, here's the thing." : Wanna know what faith is? Listen to ABBA. Wanna arrest the decline of, oh, let's say, mainstream Protestantism? Listen to ABBA. Wanna understand yourself? Listen to ABBA.
173 - And the Winner Is
Aug 21, 2014 • 26 min
There is so much truth here. So much emotional truth, I mean. It could have been someone else. It could have been something else. It could have come from somewhere else. But it came from ABBA.
172 - Phony Wars
Aug 20, 2014 • 31 min
The subject is reality vs. ideology. 'Pet' Clark wanted to be Superwoman. I wanted to be a totally focussed pastor, great dad, and good husband. 'Helen' wanted to be "a woman of today". We all failed! "Sorry, it's not possible" (Petula says). And yet, a…
171 - If You Can’t Stand the Heat
Aug 7, 2014 • 36 min
Here is made a principled decision to opt out, of all manner of causes and notions. With the injunction, however, that in order to heal, you have to feel. Eric Clapton starts us out. The House Band brings it on home.
170 - Farewell to the First Golden Era
Jun 10, 2014 • 25 min
This is a podcast to celebrate: my 170th, in which are offered some Summer reading, a Concluding Un-Scientific Postscript, and the best track ever recorded by a certain Wonder. Hope you like it!
169 - Wooden Ships
May 23, 2014 • 41 min
This is about Meister Eckhart and Rudolf Otto, and CS & N. But it's really about whether and how to engage the world, given what we now know about it. Guess I'm skeptical, more than ever; and was surprised to have to dissent from the Master. First time!
168 - “Generation Zahl”
May 18, 2014 • 29 min
A penetrating and courageous televison program from Germany opened me up recently. It was an instance of what Stefan Kolditz, the writer of the program, called a "non-ideological access" to a tragedy. But not just their tragedy. My tragedy. Yours, too,…
167 - Emotion
May 9, 2014 • 30 min
This is all about one thing. It didn't take Melanchthon to teach me about it, nor Thomas Cranmer. No. It took Burton Cummings to teach me about it. And life! So Stand Tall; and for God's sake, don't do something foolish.
166 - The House That Jack Built
Apr 30, 2014 • 27 min
Well, the glass ceiling is finally breaking. It's happening right before our eyes. But Aretha's going to help us see the "Kehrseite". With a little help from Lesley Gore, too. "Come and see." (John 1:46)
165 - Cosmic Recension
Apr 11, 2014 • 23 min
Meister Eckhart, meet Burton Cummings. And Randy Bachman. And me.
164 - Happy Clappy
Feb 19, 2014 • 30 min
"No use calling, 'cause the sky is falling, and I'm getting pretty near the end." This concerns the practical consequences of (near-)death in life. Join forces with Wolfman Jack (R.I.P.) and The Guess Who; and 'Charlie Kane'.
163 - Deetour
Feb 13, 2014 • 32 min
It's getting bigger. Bigger, at least, from where I sit. The Contraption, I mean. And thank you, Karen Young! And thank you, Mike Francis! This podcast is dedicated to JAZ, the Minister of Edits.
162 - Rain Dance
Feb 5, 2014 • 27 min
Thinking about Obamacare got me onto this one. But it's not about Obamacare! It's about Reality. And Guess What?
161 - PBS
Jan 9, 2014 • 33 min
That's Percy Bysshe Shelley, who gets a little help — as if he needed it — from Eric Burdon, and B.T.O, and John Harris Harper. And MAY this meditation on termination not be half-baked.
160 - Who Is Going To Love Me?
Dec 20, 2013 • 27 min
How can we know God? Where is God locatable? With a little help from D. Warwick and a little from St. John, I want to answer. Podcast 160 is dedicated to Jono Linebaugh.
159 - The Happiest Actual Life
Nov 17, 2013 • 28 min
It's really possible: "the happiest actual life", I mean. That was Booth Tarkington's phrase for the hope we could have in real terms, even when circumstances went against us and our intrinsic indelible nature went against us. Case in point: his novel…
158 - Changing Social Conditions in Indianapolis
Nov 11, 2013 • 34 min
Boy, do we need a miracle. Such things really happen. As in Booth Tarkington, and as in John Galsworthy. As in me and you. And as in: The Buckinghams.
157 - Every Mother’s Son
Oct 19, 2013 • 29 min
Taking a break now for a couple weeks, but wanted to leave a little white-pebble trail — not of tears, but of hope. "Come on down to my boat, baby"; and I'm talking about you, Miss Wyckoff; and you, Mr. Cardew; and you, Mr. Zahl.
156 - I Am Curious (Orange)
Oct 16, 2013 • 26 min
A Protestant spin on a Golden Oldie from Sweden. This is also a warning against categorization — a very personal warning, as I've suffered from categorization and feel it keenly still. "Och du?"
155 - Mandy
Oct 6, 2013 • 39 min
Alternate title: Mandy and the Episcopals. Irving Berlin sets the stage; Sandra Dee plays the lead, together with Troy Donohue; and James Gould Cozzens, like Sister Mary Ignatius, Explains It All for You.
154 - Kramer
Oct 2, 2013 • 30 min
Kramer is my word for transmitted family dis-function and disease. Kramer in this sense requires acute attention. With help from The Contraption, Kramer actually can be reduced. In this podcast, Richard Egan steps up to help us, with a little help from…
153 - Love in the 40s
Sep 30, 2013 • 30 min
When you're 'mature', you're sometimes not. I learned this in my 40s. I first learned it in a parish, in 'Cheever country'. But it was also in 'Miami Vice', every Friday night. Valerie and Tubbs taught me, as did 'Sonny' and Theresa. And Jan Hammer. There…
152 - Groovy Kind of Love
Sep 29, 2013 • 31 min
The text is Isherwood's journal entry for August 3, 1967. The topic: How to grow in love for the people who are right around you. Lesley Gore is going to help us, plus, naturally, William Hale White; plus Gerald Heard; plus Wayne Fontana.
151 - Girl Talk
Sep 27, 2013 • 34 min
I've just written a book. It is called "PZ's Panopticon: An Off-the-Wall Guide to World Religiion". It's not about gender differences nor does it concern ideology. It looks at the religions of the world in terms of one question: What does this or that…
150 - Early Roman Kings
Aug 28, 2013 • 50 min
This is about the Ancient Romans: their psychic position, their spirit-world of augury, and the effect of the birth of Christ. With help from Bob Dylan. Two corrections, too: The Thornton Wilder book is "The Woman of Andros", and 'Camulodunum' was the…
149 - A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime
Aug 25, 2013 • 47 min
This is a reflection on 45 years of New Testament scholarship. That's 45 years in 45 minutes — one minute for every year. And Dave Mason puts it all in perspective.
148 - INGSOC
Aug 4, 2013 • 28 min
"A little trick with Dick" (The Name Game): This is about language, control, and Purr-FEC tion. With thanks to Eric Blair, too.
147 - Transcendence
Aug 3, 2013 • 22 min
What can you do when you're face to face with The Antagonist? I'll tell you this much: no one gets out of here alive. Unless there are Martians. This podcast is about suffering, and it's also about transcendence.
146 - Sermon for the Feast Day of Hey Jude
Jun 28, 2013 • 24 min
It's about nervous breakdowns — maybe your 19th. It's about George's Way with us. And it's about the music.
145 - Soul Coaxing
Jun 24, 2013 • 21 min
What's really important? "Soul Coaxing" is really important. But not the practice. The song! By Raymond Lefevre and his Orchestra. THAT's really important. Gosh, I hope you like this.
144 - Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
Jun 22, 2013 • 30 min
Here we journey to the outer limits of compassion. Will that suffice? Or do we need a little help from our friends — like Jeff Beck, maybe.
143 - Old Man River
May 16, 2013 • 22 min
And now a word from our sponsor — George!
142 - Girl Can’t Help It
May 15, 2013 • 33 min
In which I talk about George, my new hero.
141 - Easter with Los Straitjackets
Mar 21, 2013 • 29 min
Here's the Gospel as I would put it this Easter. It's never not been the Have Mercy on Me (Cannonball Adderley/ The Buckinghams) of God in relation to the Outta Gear (Los Straitjackets) of us. But it needs to not become a mental exercise. It needs to be…
140 - Make It Easy on Yourself
Mar 17, 2013 • 33 min
This is a meditation on self-forgiveness. I used to think that was a lame phrase, an exercise in twaddle. Not so! Here we have The Walker Brothers, Los Straitjackets, even Frankie (Goes to Hollywood). The Lesson This Morning is from Isherwood's journal…
139 - Journey with Boo (Me and You)
Feb 15, 2013 • 31 min
It's here: that surgical song by Lobo, the balladeer's portrait of an ordinary, heart-rending tragedy. Because the picture's true to life, however, there may be room for hope. Roll up for a magical mystery tour, — with a Dog Named Boo.
138 - Lobo’s Dating Tips for Christian Guys
Feb 14, 2013 • 22 min
He has much to teach us! This podcast, for me, is Camp.
137 - Hero of the War
Feb 2, 2013 • 23 min
A short exegesis of personal pacifism. Scott Walker's song "Hero of the War" made me do it! Oh, and it's John Lennon in "Oh! What a Lovely War". That's a correction.
136 - Peaches La Verne
Jan 31, 2013 • 28 min
The La Verne Seminar, which took place in the Summer of 1941, is the second most desired destination for PZ the Time Traveler. If only one could have been there. It was the ultimate religious retreat! But still, I think I'd choose, for first place, if I…
135 - Elevator
Jan 30, 2013 • 35 min
That's Where the Happy People Go! Here is "a new way of talking, a new way of walking" — about praying, about grace, about One Love and the Underground River. Jerry Lewis (but you won't like this) has a walk-on, too.
134 - Pillar of Salt
Jan 24, 2013 • 21 min
The music! — evoking Lot's wife and then the Lord's words to St. Peter. I guess I think it's more and more about the music. But let's here it for the Haiku, tu.
133 - Brandy Station
Jan 24, 2013 • 33 min
This is not a case of "interpretive signage" ! You'll have to make up your mind on your own. But Looking Glass will be there to help you, followed by, close by, Scott W.
132 - Love in the First Degree
Jan 16, 2013 • 27 min
This is about forging forward in the spiritual life. Let Bananarama lead the way!
131 - 52 Pickup
Dec 19, 2012 • 26 min
Here is a thought for the end of the year. And Merry Christmas to all!
Podcast 130 - OK, All Right! - Victor Hugo
Dec 14, 2012 • 30 min
Had to do this one. Victor Hugo is great. "Victor Hugo" the Phenomenon seems like another turn of Journey's "Wheel". (Listen and you'll find out why.) Nevertheless, I had fun doing this and hope you like it. Karen Carpenter (R.I.P.) helped me. Mr. Leitch,…
129 - First Infinite Frost
Dec 12, 2012 • 24 min
This is an experiment. It's a true story, from the true-life adventures, tho' I truly wish it never happened. Is PZ trying for a James Agee moment? Maybe so. Podcast 129 is dedicated to Adrienne Parks.
128 - Dissociated Chef d’Oeuvre
Dec 11, 2012 • 25 min
This podcast is not just about another movie, the 1973 musical version of "Lost Horizon". It's about Reflections of yourself, the divine Approach when "I Come to You", and the Things I Will Not Miss. The movie's an incongruous knockout. This is because…
127 - Hotel Taft
Dec 9, 2012 • 32 min
Look within yourself, look inside the Black Cauldron. If you take the time to Drag the Line, you'll almost definitely find your hope, even joy. Let the bells ring, and let's Listen to the Music.
Podcast 126 - Amberley Wildbrooks
Dec 5, 2012 • 33 min
Suffering, Transitoriness, and Insubstantiality: three marks of being that seem beyond dispute, at least from the perspective of experience. To be sure, the last, insubstantiality, takes some unpacking. Podcast 126 drinks some Matthew's Southern Comfort,…
125 - Now What?
Dec 4, 2012 • 33 min
In the spirit of the J. Geils Band, 'Sinuhe the Egyptian' spent his entire life looking for it. A proto-hippie, an inspired near-mad man (not across the water), gave Sinuhe the answer. The result was elation, and courage, and even creation. And for me.…
124 - Done
Nov 29, 2012 • 29 min
Here's a Sixth Sense! Galsworthy sheds light — but where did it come from? — and jump-starts us "Going Up The Country".
123 - Saint’s Progress
Nov 28, 2012 • 37 min
John Galsworthy's play "A Bit O'Love" (1915) and his novel "Saint's Progress" (1919) diagnose the problem and also the possibility inherent in parish ministry, and especially within parish clergy. Galsworthy gives his readers a shattering exercise but…
122 - Worst That Could Happen
Nov 9, 2012 • 34 min
It's being labelled a "Zwinglian"! And there's something even worse than that. This podcast is a plea for the wheels to be put back on religion.
121 - Hold That Ghost
Nov 7, 2012 • 35 min
Freedom and Love: Love can't exist from anything but, and Freedom can't result in anything but. This cast wants to consult St. Augustine, concerning human nature; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, concerning intangibles. Maxim Gorky makes an appearance,…
120 - The Black Castle
Nov 2, 2012 • 28 min
Here's a short talk about creativity, renewal, "work stoppage", and a couple of terrific movies. It's also a lesson in How to Empty a Room!
119 - Over the River II
Sep 16, 2012 • 27 min
"Trouble in my way" is the name of the game. This podcast tells the story of how it came to me, and what it forced me to learn. Episode 119 of PZ's Podcast is a two part swan song.
118 - Les Elucubrations de PZ
Sep 13, 2012 • 31 min
This is intended to be the opposite of a rant. Even if I wanted to, I could not come a thousand light years close to Antoine's great one, which once so delighed the French. What I can try to give you instead is a little reading list, plus a little movie,…
117 - Horror Hotel
Sep 11, 2012 • 28 min
This tight expressionist outing is a study in egos prepared to take any measures in order to prolong (ego-) life. It's a sure fail, but most instructive. Then there's the fog, and the blocking of the characters in the fog. It endures in the memory. There…
116 - Wing Thing
Aug 27, 2012 • 22 min
Another meditation on hope (i.e., the Wing Thing), via death; yet death concretely and in the now, death you can get your skull around today and not tomorrow. Akira Ifukube is here to help undress us, as is Diogenes the Cynic, and Ludger Tom Ring; and,…
115 - In the event of
Aug 25, 2012 • 30 min
"What makes the melon ball bounce?" What makes you bounce? This is an undressed talk about death, and death's funny aftermath.
114 - A Slight Shiver
Aug 13, 2012 • 30 min
Sequel to "Return to Form", with a push from Serling and a lift from Dylan.
113 - Return to Form
Aug 11, 2012 • 27 min
This is podcast one in a new "story arc" — a study in defeatedness, and a new hope I strangely feel. You could call it cross-notes of a theological psychologist.
113 - The Two Geralds
Jun 28, 2012 • 33 min
Gerald Fried (b. 1928) and Gerald Heard (d. 1971): both were communicators of the non-rational, both were exponents of the subterranean echo. Fried did it through B-movie (and other) musical scores; Heard, through mystery novels and fantastic short…
112 - Kipling’s Lightworks
Jun 21, 2012 • 40 min
Kipling shed light! From "Recessional" to "Children's Song", this podcast sings his praise. Kipling was also a 'both-and' thinker, a rare eirenic gift, and a Gift for Today. Episode 112 is dedicated to Stuart Gerson.
110 - Color Him Father
Jun 4, 2012 • 32 min
John Betjeman listed five masters of the English ghost story, or supernatural tale. All five of them were the sons of Protestant ministers. What was going on with these sons, and their fathers. 'The Winstons' can tell us the answer, in their 1969 45 that…
108 - J.C. Ryle Considered
May 25, 2012 • 27 min
Bishop Ryle made at least three big mistakes during his long ministry. If he were able to speak now — he died in 1900 — I believe he would admit them. To me they are revealing mistakes, from which there is something to learn. J.C. Ryle also had a core…
107 - Bishop Ryle
May 25, 2012 • 35 min
John Charles Ryle, who lived from l816 to 1900, was "a giant of a man with the heart of a child". He was a Christian warrior in the Church of England, who contended against High Churchmen and Liberals for 60 years, concluding his ministry as the first…
106 - Requiem
May 21, 2012 • 27 min
Alternate Title: I Feel Like I Lose When I Win. Also, there's a correction: It was 'Fraulein Doktor', not the actress who played her (Suzy Kendall), who died young, at age 52, in 1940.
104 - What does it take (to win your love)?
May 16, 2012 • 29 min
A meditation on defense: that's what this is. Someone wrote that the inner being of a human being is "covered by thirty or forty skins or hides, like an ox's or a bear's, so thick and hard". Too true! What's to get through? Is there an antipode, a blessed…
103 - Flowers for Algernon I
Apr 24, 2012 • 35 min
How does the ego actually die? Or rather, what does a person look like when their ego has died, or is dying? Can we see this — the "seed falling into the ground"? Algernon Blackwood wrote about the dying. He wrote about it vividly and concretely, not just…
102 - Flowers for Algernon I
Apr 24, 2012 • 38 min
Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) knew a lot. In reaction to his Sandemanian childhood, he still remained a religious person, all his life. In his "weird tales" Blackwood tried to map a religious way forward — through an inspired imagination. I used to put…
100 - Eternity
Apr 14, 2012 • 35 min
What dies when we die, and what continues to live? What should we fear in relation to physical death, and what can we affirm? Philip Larkin gives a little assist here, but so does St. Francis. This is Episode 100.
101 - I feel like I win when I lose
Apr 12, 2012 • 35 min
Between "Waterloo" and "Lay all your love on me", I don't see how you could achieve a purer pop moment. Or just a purer moment period! The insight within these two 45s is communicated to perfection. What is that insight? Well, two things: first, "all I've…
Previously Unreleased: Heinz
Apr 10, 2012 • 30 min
Heinz Burt, known as "Heinz", the Wild Boy of Pop, was, you could say, Joe Meek's muse. Meek did everything possible to make his "Heinz" into a star. Although Meek failed to do that, he produced a large body of fabulous music around his Golden Child. This…
Previously Unreleased: Joe Meek
Mar 23, 2012 • 48 min
"The Nazareth Principle" (Simeon Zahl) and Joe Meek: they're synonymous. Joe Meek was an improbable genius, who Hear(d) a New World. His wondrous work, achieved under conditions so unusual as to make the mind boggle, is a pure example of Christ's being…
99 9/10 - Twisterella
Mar 16, 2012 • 32 min
When reality comes crashing in to call, you've got to be prepared for a re-think. It's what happens to 'Billy Liar', in another dazzling English rose, the movie "Billy Liar" from 1963. It's based on a novel then a play, but the visuals bring it home. A…
99 5/8 - A Kind of Loving
Mar 13, 2012 • 27 min
This podcast is about categorization — the pitfalls of categorization. With people, with friends (and prospective friends), with husbands and wives (and prospective husbands and wives), with everybody. It's also about possession — the pitfalls of…
99 - A Night at the Bardo
Mar 10, 2012 • 29 min
Harpo's Night at the Bardo — but not Harpo's, actually. It was mine:. It was PZ's Night at the Bardo. From dusk till dawn. This is something that actually happened. I saw my own death, or rather, myself dying, on a reclining chair in an airplane, on March…
98 - Reflections in a Golden Eye
Mar 10, 2012 • 32 min
If you want to find out what true north is in your life — in other words, where you are really going — notice what books you are drawn to. Or what movies you really like. Or what music you're putting on your iPod these days. Or what television show you…
97 - Surprise (Symphony)
Feb 13, 2012 • 24 min
"Oops! I did it again!": it just came over me. Despite a break, a real break, very soon to come, Lola compelled one to speak. I mean, "Lola", the 1961 movie by Jacques Demy. This podcast is a memo on ego-less communication. It can really happen, and…
96 - Strack-Billerbeck
Feb 11, 2012 • 24 min
"Disputed Passage" (Lloyd C. Douglas) is what this podcast is not. There are any number of issues to talk about, yet so many are so particular, and rally around themselves all kinds of differing opinions. I'd rather do — that is, try to do in a small way…
Mini Podcast 94 - My New Program
Feb 3, 2012 • 15 min
Language changes, changes, changes. "Elle coule, coule, coule." Like a simple but undeviating "conversation" at the drive -through window of the bank. Or like the use of the word "program". "Program" doesn't mean a Lenten series anymore. It doesn't mean…
93 - Falsification
Feb 3, 2012 • 30 min
"Falsification" is another word for compartmentalization. When we falsify reality — as in "being untrue", either to a person or to convictions that we (otherwise) hold sincerely — we get, well, what we deserve. The New Testament gets falsified all the…
92 - G-d
Feb 1, 2012 • 20 min
"Kuh-hay-tchuh-pek". It means 'God', or rather G-d, in Martian. You can find out all about "Kuh-hay-tchuh-pek" in the now Criterioned 1964 movie "Robinson Crusoe on Mars". "Kuh-hay-tchuh-pek" is God, and a very right and proper God, too. He is Divine…
91 - Sequels
Jan 27, 2012 • 31 min
Sequels are strange: sometimes they're better than the original, most of the time they're worse. What makes a good sequel? "The Empire Strikes Back", for example; or "The Invisible Man Returns"; or "The Ghost of Frankenstein". Well, preaching — I mean…
88 - Tana and Tahrir
Jan 20, 2012 • 33 min
I don't believe in "reality", or rather, I believe what looks like reality is seldom reality. This can be easily proved by a quick viewing of … "The Mummy Ghost" (1944). One look at that wonderful movie is able to confer an accurate understanding of…
87 - Bette Davis Eyes
Jan 19, 2012 • 31 min
They are all, like Ray Milland, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" — these Huguenot heroes: Marot, Duplessis-Mornay, de Beze, de Coligny, de Rohan, d'Aubigne. That includes their English co-religionists, such as Whitgift and Abbott and Grindal. These are eyes…
86 - Supermarionation II
Jan 11, 2012 • 27 min
This podcast tries to go a little deeper with Supermarionation. It is really about social class, and the kind of alliance that inevitably imperils a religion whose goal is emancipating the human race. We start with "It Happened One Night", then chart our…
85 - Protestant Episcopalians in Supermarionation
Jan 10, 2012 • 37 min
Can the mind of man and woman conceive that the subject of Episcopal haberdashery in the movies might be interesting and meaningful? Well, yes, it might be, at least to me. This podcast surveys Protestant Episcopal clothing in the movies and television.…
84 - Yvette Vickers (f. 4.27.11)
Jan 9, 2012 • 33 min
Yvette Vickers played supporting roles in two unforgettable 1950's science-fiction movies: "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches". As far as I'm concerned, she stole the show both times. But, Yvette Vickers is now dead. Or rather,…
82 - Speaking in Tongues
Dec 28, 2011 • 33 min
This is a theme with me — the pros and cons (there aren't many cons) of learning foreign languages. Also, how does it actually work? Why is one language easier for a given person to learn than another? Also, what's the relatiion between learning a…
81 - Violette amoureuse
Dec 27, 2011 • 25 min
From our house to your house, at the Turning of the Year: a portrait of the dignity that is able to inhere within romantic love — sometimes. The subject is a short scene, a musical number really, in a late Jacques Demy, "Une Chambre en Ville" (1982). You…
79 - Would you speak up, please?
Dec 16, 2011 • 35 min
Why am I "afraid to say what I really want to say" (Jack Kerouac)? That's a line from "Visions of Gerard", and many could echo it. This podcast is about changing mores, specifically the contrast between a sensational murder case of the 1930s and a…
78 - Under Satan’s Sun
Dec 11, 2011 • 29 min
This is PZ's Christmas Podcast.
77 - Canned Heat
Dec 3, 2011 • 29 min
What constitutes you, as a human being? What are the parts which make you the whole you are? A single sentence from Huxley's "After many a summer dies the swan" can help, together with Fritz Lang's "Woman in the Moon". It's not about the ego. I am so…
76 - Lounge Crooner Classics
Nov 26, 2011 • 30 min
I'm shooting for quality today. In the spirit of earlier podcasts concerning Giant Crab Movies and Journey,this podcast concerns what might today be called "Lounge Crooner Classics". In their day, they were pop songs commissioned to be played over the…
74 - “Please Come to Boston”
Nov 22, 2011 • 30 min
I tried to follow the invitation of that song recently. Saw a lot of things, found out a lot of things, remembered a lot of things, heard a couple of new things. It was a definite pilgrimage. I would like to tell you about it.
73 - When I’m 64
Nov 3, 2011 • 28 min
Can the "young" be instructed by the "old"? Can Nigel Kneale's "Planet People" be even saved by the over 70s? To put this another way, are there two messages to life: one for the first half and another for the second? Ultimately, no. There is one message.…
72 - Making Plans for Nigel
Oct 31, 2011 • 31 min
Nigel Kneale (1922-2006) was absolute murder, in the Reggae sense. No writer of English science fiction thought more originally than Nigel Kneale, who mostly wrote teleplays for the BBC. His "Quatermass (pro. 'Kway-ter-mass') and the Pit" from 1959…
71 - Removals Men II
Oct 21, 2011 • 30 min
Rejoicing at someone's execution, in "disturbing images", is hard enough to absorb. To add the unaccountable silence of Christians in relation to such joy is almost impossible to absorb. What's to love in this world, in this planetary race of not so human…
70 - Removals Men
Oct 21, 2011 • 28 min
This is about the use of language to cover an unpleasant reality. It's not just about the "removal" of an al awlaki or a "new chapter in the history of Libya" accomplished by means of the murder of a POW who was captured alive. It's about resigning…
69 - Pipes of Pan
Oct 15, 2011 • 24 min
Arthur Machen meets St. Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 11, Verses 16-19. You can try to make your voice heard with an engaging, danceable tune, and it will pass like a shadow over the water. (Think "Men Without Hats".) Or you can try it in a shrill, scratchy…
67 - The Inward Voice, Pt. 1
Oct 9, 2011 • 34 min
Here is a two-parter concerning your inward voice: What is it, and how do you find it? From a Romans 7 point of view, the inward voice (and voices) is almost all that matters. Now get it down! Write it down! Put it on paper, or else it'll probably just…
68 - The Inward Voice, Pt. 2
Oct 9, 2011 • 34 min
There is nothing quite like the Inward Voice of 'Mark Rutherford', the novelist whose real name was William Hale White. He wore a mask over a mask, and his six novels constitute a kind of ultimate Inward Voice within Victorian fiction. Today we look at…
66 - Altars by the Roadside
Oct 5, 2011 • 21 min
Now here's a find: a passage in the novel "Revolution in Tanner's Lane" (1890) by 'Mark Rutherford' (aka William Hale White), in which the author answers the question I set in the previous cast. If there is a word from religion to the middle-aged and…
65 - One Message or Two?
Oct 1, 2011 • 34 min
Does life-wisdom offer the same message to the non-disillusioned, who are often on the younger side, as it does to the disillusioned, who are often over-50? It's a live issue for me, since a gospel of hope to the shattered can sound depressing to people…
64 - My New Law Firm
Sep 27, 2011 • 32 min
My new law firm is called "Scrambling, Rattled, and Bracing, P.A.". It is a firm devoted to the project of complete control. It helps me "scramble" to contain unexpected problems; prevents me from getting "rattled" by unexpected threats; and gets me…
63 - One Step Beyond
Sep 18, 2011 • 36 min
This ancient show, much of which is now richly available on YouTube, let alone DVD, understood something important. It understood about the "collective unconscious" and the nature of the Love that exists underneath human loves. The several great episodes…
62 - What part of you isn’t angry?
Sep 10, 2011 • 33 min
Anger — it's everywhere. The question is, at whom or at what are you NOT angry? Well, you can't be angry at anyone or anything you love. Or rather, you can't be angry at that part of anyone or anything that you love. This podcast is about seismic anger —…
58 - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Aug 14, 2011 • 45 min
This gorgeous 1964 film is everything people say it is, and makes you wonder sometimes whether its director and writer, Jacques Demy, was too good for this world. Let's also hear it for Michel Legrand, who wrote the score. What I wish to eyeball, and what…
57 - Beyond the Time Barrier
Aug 5, 2011 • 20 min
Lord Buckley broke down a barrier that is exceptionally hard to break down. He broke down the barrier between the Sacred and the Profane. Several of his 'hipsemantic' monologues, once you begin to study them, are fascinating expressions of Christian…
56 - Lord Buckley
Jul 31, 2011 • 28 min
Lord Buckley (aka Richard Myrle Buckley, l906-1960) was a "way out" nightclub comic and monologist, who created "hipsemantic" routines based on famous people — very famous! — and famous works of literature. Lord Buckley's most famous monologue was called…
54 - My Sharona
Jul 9, 2011 • 32 min
This is My Sharona of faith, a series of four theses, briefly explained, that express an approach to everyday living, and understanding. I hope you like them.
53 - How to Tell the Future
Jul 2, 2011 • 38 min
It's possible to tell the future. It's actually pretty easy. You have to know about human nature, and you have to know about fashion. You have to know that human nature doesn't change, and you have to know that fashion changes all the time. It changes…
Area 51 - William Inge
Jun 18, 2011 • 34 min
William Inge (1913-1973) wrote plays of restrained optimism concerning broken families in small Kansas towns of the 1920's and '30's. He understood about the importance of sex in everyday life — even in Protestant Middle-Western America during the Great…
50- Human Nature
Jun 11, 2011 • 33 min
It just may be the worst thing about America today: our view of human nature. If you listen to almost any — and I mean, any — commentator, speechmaker, pundit, or spokesperson, of literally any and every organization, institution, medium, or government…
49 - “Unknown and yet well known”
Jun 8, 2011 • 43 min
Another one of those unknown authors. But he has so much to tell us, first about sex and then about Christianity. About the former, he puts first things first. About the latter, he puts Jesus on the "Enola Gay". Would that Philip Wylie were here today, to…
48 - The Disappearance
May 29, 2011 • 54 min
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 from the world of the men and all the men disappear from the world of the women, is so…
45 - Duncan Burne-Wilke
May 7, 2011 • 26 min
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…
44- The Razor’s Edge
Apr 30, 2011 • 31 min
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…
43 - “The Green Pastures”
Apr 17, 2011 • 34 min
"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…
42 - Bishop Bell - The Play
Apr 7, 2011 • 35 min
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,…
41 - Bishop Bell - The Speech
Mar 27, 2011 • 33 min
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,…
40 - “No Popery”
Mar 19, 2011 • 36 min
Religious partisanship is normal, explicable, and terminal. It kills Christianity. It sure killed me. Or maybe it wised me up. This podcast concerns Charles Dickens' novel "Barnaby Rudge", which was published in 1841. Dickens' subject was the "No Popery"…
39 - The Phoenix Club
Mar 13, 2011 • 48 min
Life in a Final Club! "The Social Network" has made it high profile all of a sudden. What it 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.…
37- The Yardbirds
Feb 27, 2011 • 33 min
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. To…
33 - “Mr.” Priest
Feb 13, 2011 • 31 min
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." ? (They were never called 'Father', except in one…
32 - Protestant Interiors II
Feb 8, 2011 • 33 min
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…
31 - Protestant Interiors
Feb 6, 2011 • 36 min
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.…
30 - Shock Theater
Feb 2, 2011 • 30 min
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…
29 - The Circle
Jan 30, 2011 • 30 min
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…
28 - Premature Burial
Jan 26, 2011 • 29 min
Part II of The Moviegoer, in which our ten-year-old hero discovers Edgar Allan Poe via Roger Corman in the downtown movie palaces of Loew's Capital, Loew's Palace, and R.K.O. Keith's. He comes face to face with a strange new Glynis Johns before…
27 - The Crawling Eye
Jan 23, 2011 • 30 min
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.
26 - P.E. II
Jan 19, 2011 • 29 min
We're not finished yet. Cozzens cuts to the core of Anglo-Catholicism yet without throwing stones. He wants to understand. And his account of a hijacked P.E. funeral in "Eyes to See" is so close to home, well, that it makes you want to scream.
25 - P.E.
Jan 15, 2011 • 28 min
"P.E." is for Protestant Episcopal. 35 years I've been ordained and it took Cozzens to teach me some sore lessons. For me they came late. But, "For you the living/This Mash was meant, too." "When you get to my house, Tell them 'Jimmy' sent you."
22 - Journey
Jan 2, 2011 • 31 min
What's the greatest rock 'n roll band of all time? Could a group sum up everything that has gone before and thus WRAP the genre? Yes, it could. They did. Their name was "Journey". But Wait! Hear me out.
21 - Plymouth Adventure
Nov 13, 2010 • 32 min
Dan Curtis went straight from Gothic Horror soap operas to the greatest epic ever made for television. His heart was always in his work, from "Dark Shadows" to "The Night Stalker" to… "The Winds of War". When it comes to his 29-hour genius production "War…
20 - I Learned to Yodel
Oct 26, 2010 • 33 min
Did you know meditation can make you a better Protestant? Here's why.
19: The Gothic
Oct 20, 2010 • 34 min
New thoughts on 'the Gothic' in movies and literature — from Irvin S. Cobb, whose Gothic story "Fishhead" was termed a "banefully effective tale" by H. P. Lovecraft; to Ray Russell, of "Sardonicus" fame; to Roger Corman, who brought the House down around…
17: The Hammer and the Cross
Sep 29, 2010 • 36 min
Hammer Horror is a beautiful thing — everything movies should be, or almost everything. There is also this delightful religious dimension, in which the High Priest of Karnak prays in the language of the Book of Common Prayer and Peter Cushing is 'fighting…
16: Irvin S. Cobb
Sep 22, 2010 • 31 min
Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) was famous in his day, but is unread now. Ours is the loss! His "Judge Priest" stories are as parabolic of grace as it gets. They exude peace, love, and understanding. And what's so funny about that? Here's your chance to bone up…
15: Hot August Night
Sep 16, 2010 • 34 min
The Jansenists never declined. They got wiped out good. Think "End of the Line" by the Traveling Wilburys. Pascal enters and exits, assisted by Roberto Rossellini's tv show (1971) and Jack Kerouac's bar game (1969). The 'Sun King' plays his cruel part,…
14: Paris When It Sizzles
Sep 9, 2010 • 32 min
Jansenism was a religious movement in Seventeenth-Century France that threatened Church and State. Its apologists, including Blaise Pascal and Jean Racine, thought their movement, based on its re-discovery of the teachings of St. Augustine, could save…
Sunday Supplement: The Life of James Gould Cozzens
Aug 29, 2010 • 36 min
James Gould Cozzens (1903-1978) observed life accurately. in 1957 he told 'Time' Magazine that "most people get a raw deal from life, and life is what it is". His novels "By Love Possessed" and "Guard of Honor" are among the greatest of 20th Century…
Sneak Peek: “By Love Possessed”
Aug 29, 2010 • 32 min
"By Love Possessed" was hailed at first as the great novel of its decade. A few months later it was traduced as a symbol of Eisenhower-era 'middle-brow' complacency. The second verdict stuck. The problem was its message: it praised acquiescence rather…
BONUS Episode!:Giant Crab Movies
Aug 20, 2010 • 33 min
In this amazing weekend bonus episode, our hero must claw his way through the history of giant-crab movies. Does he survive? You be the judge!
Seven - “Man Gave Names to all the Animals”
Aug 18, 2010 • 45 min
"Man Gave Names to all the Animals" (Bob Dylan), meaning Eric Burdon and The Animals. Thoughts on true greatness, thoughts on Fun.
Six - The Browning Version
Aug 18, 2010 • 38 min
From a perfect movie comes a Version of the 25th Chorus of "Mexico City Blues": Is my own, is your own, Is not Owned by Self-Owner but found by Self-Loser — Old Ancient Teaching". This podcast is dedicated to David Browder.
Beatnik Beach
Aug 10, 2010 • 37 min
The title of a song by the Go-Go's sets the stage for this second cast on the preaching art. Once again, it's the singer not the song. Or at least, that's where we start. Welcome to Beatnik Beach!
Bohemian Rhapsody — The Rite One
Aug 10, 2010 • 37 min
The subject is preaching, the Achilles Heel of American religion. We turn to Jack Kerouac's "List of Essentials" in spontaneous expression for help. Turns out it's the singer not the song.
One - What’s it all about, Alfie?
Aug 4, 2010 • 41 min
In which our hero introduces you to his search. "For you the living, this Mash was meant, too."
Three - The Alcestiad, Act Three
Aug 4, 2010 • 39 min
Our hero, again incarnated as the Queen of Thessaly, heads south, only to still find happiness.
Two - The Alcestiad, Act One
Aug 4, 2010 • 37 min
Our hero, incarnated as an ancient Greek princess, finds Love and Happiness, Thornton-Wilder style.