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AAJ Podcast: CSLIS 2015 Panel Discussion (Part One)

April 14, 2015

2015 CSLIS Panel Part 1From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Dr. Jerry Root and Dr. Diana Glyer were the keynote speakers for the 18th Annual Conference of the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society (CSLIS) which is held at a different location each year. For 2015, it was at Grove City College (in PA) at the end of March. This is the first of a two-part episode that was moderated by William O’Flaherty. Here are the questions addressed for this segment:

  1. Tell us about your first encounter with the writings of C.S. Lewis…how old were you and what were your impressions?
  2. What daily habit would you recommend for those growing in their appreciation of literature and the literary arts?
  3. Owen Barfield, of the seven authors collection at the Wade Center is one of the least read and, what works should a person begin with?
  4. I heard Jerry Root recommend Dymer (poetry book by Lewis); why do you and any thoughts on Spirits in Bondage?
  5. Would you suggest a reading schedule for a young scholar; and ideal and practical one?
  6. Where do we see Joy’s influence and/or contributions in Till We Have Faces?


Listen to Panel Discussion (Part One)




AAJ Podcast: Not Quite Lewis – Questionable Lewisian Quotations (William O’Flaherty)

April 6, 2015

Not Quite LewisFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – C.S. Lewis wrote many statements that standalone as great short quotations. However, some quotes when isolated from their context are actually problematic. That is, apart from their setting they often yield a very different understanding of what Lewis meant. Then there are quotes attributed to Lewis that are actually a incorrect paraphrase of something he wrote. This podcast explores these issues. It is William O’Flaherty presenting a twenty minute paper at the recent CSLIS conference that was held in Grove City, PA this year (late March, 2015). See below to read the actual paper and listen to a previous talk about quotations falsely attributed to Lewis.


Listen to “Not Quite Lewis” Talk



AAJ Podcast: The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Dr. Jerry Root)

March 31, 2015

The Suprising Imagination of CS LewisFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Dr. Jerry Root is a well respected scholar on C.S. Lewis and a much sought after speaker in general. Jerry sat down with William O’Flaherty just before the start of the CSLIS conference (that was held at Grove City this year) to talk about a forthcoming book entitled The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis that is due out in September (2015). Dr. Root is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College and Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.


Listen to The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis Interview




AAJ Podcast: 19 Essay Chat – Screwtape Proposes a Toast (Brenton Dickieson)

March 24, 2015

EC19 - Screwtape ToastFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” is an essay that is indirectly a follow-up to the successful book The Screwtape Letters. Brenton Dickieson joins William O’Flaherty for an essay chat on this insightful piece that Wormwood never got to hear. It was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1959 (see below for a link to read it online) before being reprinted several times. The best place to get in print is either in The World’s Last Night or some editions of The Screwtape Letters. This is part of an occasional series exploring a single essay by Lewis to encourage you to read (or re-read) it and other essays by him that are often neglected.


Listen to Screwtape Proposes a Toast Chat


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AAJ Podcast: The Oxford Inkings (Colin Duriez)

March 17, 2015

The Oxford InklingsFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Colin Duriez has written about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien many times over his writing career as an expert on the two. But only this year (2015) has he come out with a book exploring the two of them along with a group of other friends who often met twice a week. The Oxford Inklings takes a look at the origins of this group that is often falsely called a “writer’s group.” In this chat with William O’Flaherty, he explains why it was much more while giving insightful details about the lives of the key members of this influential circle.


Listen to The Oxford Inklings Interview


AAJ Podcast: The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez) REPOST

March 15, 2015

A - Z Lewis (Duriez)From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast site – Many books came out in 2013 on C.S. Lewis (the 50th anniversary of his death). Two alone actually came from Colin Duriez. I’m repeating the interview I did about his second because my previous place of hosting my audio files no longer has it there. The book is called The A – Z of C.S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings. It takes an encyclopedic approach to the topic and thus provides a person to aspects of Lewis’s life and writings that might be left unnoticed. In this interview Colin provides details about the layout of the book and shares some selections from it.


Listen to The A- Z of C.S. Lewis Interview 


AAJ Podcast: Early 2015 Conferences (Recap)

March 12, 2015

Early 2015 EventrsFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – I decided to combine two recent episodes about a couple of gatherings that are happening in five weeks or less from the release of this program. The first is a conference held by the C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Society at the end of March, 2015; this year it will be in Grove City, PA. The other is a retreat in NC called An Inklings Weekend in Montreat that is two weekends after Easter. There are links below to each complete interview, along with the links for more details about each event.


Listen to Early 2015 Conferences Interviews



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