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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


AAJ Podcast: Seven Literary Sages (Christian History magazine)

March 2, 2015

Seven Literary SagesFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – C.S. Lewis is among a group of six other authors honored at the Marion E. Wade Center (“The Wade”) at Wheaton College in Illinois. George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield are the other individuals you can do in-depth research on in one location. But what if you wanted to learn about one key idea that each of these authors were known for? That’s where the latest issue of Christian History comes in. They’ve just released an issue entitled “Seven Literary Sages” that accomplishes that and much more. William O’Flaherty spoke with Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait, the managing editor of the magazine to learn about an issue that features content by Dr. Michael Ward, Dr. David Downing and Colin Duriez.


Listen to Seven Literary Sages Interview


AAJ Podcast: Teaching Screwtape to a New Generation (Brenton Dickieson)

February 25, 2015

Brenton at Taylor

From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Various editions of The Screwtape Letters was released over the years during the month of February. In light of that an encore of a previous podcast related to Screwtape is posted today. Back in 2012 Brenton Dickieson was one of several individuals who read a paper at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University.  For his presentation he read the highlights of  “The Pedagogical Value of The Screwtape Letters for a New Generation” (see link below to read the complete paper). He also shared  a Prezi presentation during the talk (that you can watch by following the link below).


Listen to Brenton’s Screwtape Paper


AAJ Podcast: 10r Essay Chat – Meditation in a Toolshed (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

February 17, 2015

EC10- - Meditation in a ToolshedFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – “Meditation in a Toolshed” was the tenth essay chat William O’Flaherty did back in 2012. Dr. Bruce Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is the guest for this discussion.  “Meditation in a Toolshed” is a fairly short essay that is a favorite among Lewis scholars. It is best found in God in the Dock essay collection. Learn about the background to this shorter work from Lewis and a few of the key points made in it that will either introduce to this great piece or remind you about it.


Listen to Meditation in a Toolshed Chat



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