Friday, May 22, 2015

Good Story 108: St. Francis of Assisi



Julie and Scott discuss St. Francis. They both wonder at the parenting skill of St. Francis' dad, who bought his kid fancy armor and sent him to war with the city next door. ("Have fun storming the castle!") And then they wonder at the rest of the good saint's life. St. Francis of Assisi by G.K Chesteron.


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LINKS and EXTRA INFO
  • St. Francis's A Meditation on the "Our Father"

  • Quotes from Encountering Truth by Pope Francis

  • The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl

  • Eifelheim by Michael Flynn, discussed in Episode 7 of Good Story

  • Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos

  • Who Would Dare to Love ISIS (A Letter From the People of the Cross)

  • Shepherd Book: I brought you some supper. But, if you'd *prefer* a lecture, I've a few very catchy ones prepped. Sin and hellfire. One has lepers.

  • Pope Francis' Miracle
    I meant to bring this up during the podcast, when we were talking about St. Francis and Pope Francis. I wondered if St. Francis's joy was infusing the pope. — Julie
    John Allen says that people keep saying Pope Francis doesn't act like the guy they knew back in Buenos Aires. He's always cared about the poor, but this beaming, shoot-from-the-hip, joyful fellow is someone even his sister says she doesn't recognize. As Allen reports it in his new book, there's a supernatural explanation. And it's one that makes me feel God's giving us the pope He wants us to have. As Allen tells it (whole piece here):
    Over Christmas 2013, a veteran Latin American cardinal who has known Bergoglio for decades made an appointment to see his old friend in the Santa Marta, the hotel on Vatican grounds where the pope has chosen to reside. (He lives in Room 201, a slightly larger room than the one he stayed in during the conclave that elected him, giving the pontiff enough space to receive guests comfortably).
    The cardinal, who didn’t wish to be named, said he looked at Francis and, referring to the exuberance and spontaneity that are now hallmarks of his public image, said to him point-blank: "You are not the same man I knew in Buenos Aires. What’s happened to you?"
    According to the cardinal, this was Francis’ answer: “On the night of my election, I had an experience of the closeness of God that gave me a great sense of interior freedom and peace," the cardinal quoted the pope as saying, "and that sense has never left me.”

  • MOOR-EEFFOC
    Dickens in an unfinished autobiography:
    In the door there was an oval glass plate, with COFFEE-ROOM painted on it, addressed towards the street. If I ever find myself in a very different kind of coffee-room now, but where there is such an inscription on glass, and read it backward on the wrong side MOOR-EEFFOC (as I often used to do then, in a dismal reverie,) a shock goes through my blood.
    G.K. Chesterton in his book Charles Dickens:
    Herein is the whole secret of that eerie realism with which Dickens could always vitalize some dark or dull corner of London. There are details in the Dickens descriptions - a window, or a railing, or the keyhole of a door - which he endows with demoniac life. The things seem more actual than things really are. Indeed, that degree of realism does not exist in reality: it is the unbearable realism of a dream. And this kind of realism can only be gained by walking dreamily in a place; it cannot be gained by walking observantly. Dickens himself has given a perfect instance of how these nightmare minutiae grew upon him in his trance of abstraction. He mentions among the coffee-shops into which he crept in those wretched days one in St. Martin's Lane, "of which I only recollect that it stood near the church, and that in the door there was an oval glass plate with 'COFFEE ROOM' painted on it, addressed towards the street. If I ever find myself in a very different kind of coffee-room now, but where there is such an inscription on glass, and read it backwards on the wrong side, MOOR EEFFOC (as I often used to do then in a dismal reverie), a shock goes through my blood." That wild word, "Moor Eeffoc," is the motto of all effective realism; it is the masterpiece of the good realistic principle - the principle that the most fantastic thing of all is often the precise fact. And that elvish kind of realism Dickens adopted everywhere. His world was alive with inanimate objects.
    And, finally, not C.S. Lewis but J.R.R. Tolkien in On Fairy Stories:
    The word Mooreeffoc may cause you to realise that England is an utterly alien land, lost either in some remote past age glimpsed by history, or in some strange dim future reached only by a time-machine; to see the amazing oddity and interest of its inhabitants and their customs and feeding-habits.

  • Prayer in front of the Crucifix of San Damiano


    Most High, glorious God,
    enlighten the darkness of my heart
    and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
    sense and knowledge, Lord,
    that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    Good Story 107: Frequency



    All these years, Julie and Scott have been recording these podcasts through time. Julie discovers this (because of Scott Pilgrim - long story), and is annoyed that Scott didn't tell her about Google. "Frequency" is the movie, and it has Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, and Andre Braugher. Episode 107!


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  • The Bowery Boys, New York History


  • Friday, April 24, 2015

    Good Story 106: Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber



    Julie and Scott fight over the Twinkies. Who gets the miracles and who gets the afflictions?  Episode 106, Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber (#2 in a series, but works perfectly as a stand alone book).


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  • Valley of Bones Review at Happy Catholic Bookshelf
  • Friday, April 10, 2015

    Good Story 105: Shall We Dance? (1996)



    Julie and Scott take dancing lessons. The result, of course, is hilarious. Episode 105, Shall We Dance? (1996), directed by Masayuki Suo.


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  • Shall We Dance? on IMDB
  • Lumen Fidei (full English text at the Vatican site)
  • Strictly Ballroom on IMDB
  • Friday, April 3, 2015

    Good Story 104: Foundation


    Julie and Scott join a group of enthusiastic scholars that will soon head to beautiful Terminus to write an Encyclopedia. They hope to be back in time for the next podcast. Episode 104, Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

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  • A catalogue of Asimov's books.

  • Other books mentioned:

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Good Story 103: Broadchurch



    Julie and Scott spend eight precious hours of their lives watching Series 1 of Broadchurch. They are not disappointed!


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  • Broadchurch on IMDB



  • Friday, March 6, 2015

    Good Story 102: Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore


    Julie and Scott only have ten dollars each. Julie spends it on the perfect Google hyper-targeted local advertising program, and Scott buys all the BAM! t-shirts he can find. In Episode 102, they discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

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  • Aldus Manutius on Wikipedia
  • Francesco Griffo on Wikipedia
  • Gone but not forgotten: Aldus software company
  • For a quick overview of the book, here's Julie's review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore




  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Good Story 101: Calvary



    Julie and Scott watched Calvary (written and directed by John Michael McDonagh) then discuss it until they run out of things to say. They are both sure they'll think of something to add by Sunday week.


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    Another McDonagh directed In Bruges - we discussed it in Episode 29.

    Julie's review of Calvary.

    Interview with Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh

    Holbein's Memento Mori ... see it from the intended perspective here.

    Read more about it at Wikipedia

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Good Story 100: Among Others


    How best to celebrate 100 episodes of A Good Story is Hard to Find? By talking about another book, of course! Special Guest Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Astronomer, joins Julie and Scott to discuss a book of his choosing: Among Others by Jo Walton. Episode 100!!

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  • Jo Walton's website
  • Jo Walton's LiveJournal
  • Jo Walton on Tor.com

  • Jesuit Br. Guy Consolmagno wins Carl Sagan award.


  • We are blessed!

    Hail Mary, full of grace.
    Our Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death.
    Amen.

    Mother of the Incarnate Word.


    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Good Story 099: Everything That Rises Must Converge


    Julie and Scott offer 90 fun-filled minutes of inadequate and unworthy discussion about the patron of the podcast - Flannery O'Connor. Everything That Rises Must Converge. Eventually. This is Episode 99!

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  • My Dear God - Flannery O'Connor's Prayers
  • Flannery O'Connor reading "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in 1959
  • Good Story Episode 32: A Good Man is Hard to Find