Friday, October 10, 2014

Good Story 093: 'Salem's Lot


Julie and Scott read a vampire novel by a little-known horror writer. They are both pretty sure he'll be popular one day. Keep writing Steve! Success is just around the corner! It's October, and the subject is 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King...




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    When it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery. Your other religions are good for everyday theological tasks, like steering their members into heaven, but when the undead lunge up out of their graves, you want a priest on the case. As a product of Catholic schools, I take a certain pride in this pre-eminence.


    Because we didn't get enough of Cleese in the previous episode:





    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Good Story 092: Monty Python's Life of Brian



    Julie joins the Judean People's Front (NOT the People's Front of Judea) (a group nobody likes), and Scott prophesies that nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. Eventually, they get around to discussing Monty Python's Life of Brian. This is Episode 92.


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    John Cleese and Michael Palin discuss the movie with Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood. The date this was recorded is not clear, but it appears to be near the time the film was released (1979).


    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Good Story 091: Ashes to Ashes


    Julie and Scott form a committee. Scott wants the committee to immediately review who's marching in which parades, while Julie wants a school to stay open and thinks we better vote before someone kills Guy. Will they ever agree? Ashes to Ashes by Emma Lathen. Episode 91!

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    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Good Story 090: Noah



    Julie and Scott have an unnecessary fist fight on the ark over what Julie thought was a cheeseburger but was actually a previously unknown variety of armadillo. They talk about the guy that build the boat: Noah! Directed by Darren Aronofsky.


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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Good Story 089: Pavane


    After reading Pavane, Scott spent his entire fortune on a shiny new semaphore tower. Julie learned more than she ever wanted to know about steam engines. The subject of Good Story Episode 89 is Pavane by Keith Roberts. "The waves were indifferent, and the wind; and the rocks neither knew nor cared who owned them, Christ’s Vicar or an English King."


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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Good Story 088: A Man for All Seasons



    Julie and Scott learn much about the law and logical argument and upholding beliefs from St Thomas More as portrayed by Paul Scofield in the 1966 Oscar winning film "A Man for All Seasons". They haven't yet put into practice what they learned, of course, but maybe someday.


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    At the end of this podcast, Julie describes her experience watching the film "Calvary" and interviewing the director. Here's a trailer for that film:



    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Good Story 087: Agent to the Stars


    Scott and Julie hire an agent but he spends all his time with a water bottle full of talking jello. So they while away the time talking about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.


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    Gwedif pulled up to me as we walked. "I wish we had more time," he said. "This happened with Carl too. Barely time for introductions, and then off to decide the fate of our peoples. If nthing else, we've learned that you humans thrive on crisis."

    "Anything worth doing is worth doing at a fevered pitch," I said.

    "I don't know about that," Gwedif said. "I think the first place I'll go when I visit your planet—really visit your planet, I mean, not that little trip I took earlier—I think I'll go visit a monastery. Those people seem to have the right idea. Slow meditative spiritual contemplation."

    "I think most of the monasteries these days are either making chant CDs or boutique wines," I said.

    "Really?" Gwedif said. "Well, hell. What is it with you people?"