The Bookening

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The Bookening talks C.S. Lewis and epic poetry.

Show Notes

AVENGERS SPOILERS AT ABOUT 20:00 Our heroes are prepping for a big discussion of The Odyssey. It turns out their old nemesis (?) C.S. Lewis had lots to say about epic poetry, so they begin there. Also they answer a listener query about their Remains of the Day episode. A certain important Pastor who is a Master of Reading is notably absent from this episode, but we promise this will NOT become a thing.

03:00 Donor Shout-out
06:49 Brad asks about Remains of the Day
18:37 Exciting announcement!
19:15 The best thing C.S. Lewis ever wrote
21:30 Preface to Preface to Paradise Lost
22:15 Lewis recap
25:00 How to judge an work
34:00 What's an epic?
37:00 No, seriously, what's an epic?
40:58 Poets use common vernacular
42:50 Ritual
44:00 Glory and fate
46:05 What's missing from Homer
49:10 Aside about T.S. Eliot
50:46 Imagination boasters
52:55 The repetitions

What is The Bookening?

3 guys—a pastor, a scholar, and their gleeful provocateur—discuss the great books. We take God and literature seriously—but the second one not overly so.