David Bates, Matt Bush and Andrew Lazo discuss the works of C.S. Lewis, chapter-by-chapter..."
PWJ: S4E53 – AH – “After Hours” with Jake Grefenstette
Today we continue "Barfield Month" by talking to Jake Grefensette about the literature and poetry of Owen Barfield.
PWJ: S4E52 – TSL 26 – “What have you done for me lately?”
Andrew and Matt discuss Screwtape's plan to sow future disharmony in the patient's romantic relationship.
PWJ: Easter 2021
All the co-hosts recorded a quick listener message to celebrate Easter 2021!
PWJ: S4E51 – AH – “After Hours” with Owen A. Barfield
Today we begin "Barfield Month", where we look at the life and work of the Inkling, Owen Barfield. In the first episode of this series, we speak to another man named "Owen Barfield", the Inkling's grandson.
PWJ: S4E50 – TSL 25 – “Fashion”
Matt and David put on their berets and Gucci jackets and talk about fashion!
PWJ: S4E49 – “After Hours” with Dr. Charlie Starr
In his preface to "The Screwtape Letters", C.S. Lewis wrote that, ideally, there should ideally be an angelic counterpart to Screwtape's advice. In today's episode we talk with Dr. Charlie Starr about Lewis' only surviving attempt to do just that! We also talk about movies, books, and C.S. Lewis' handwriting.
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The Eagle and Child podcast
A thorough and thoughtful discussion of the works of CS Lewis which gets better and better. Season One was Lewis’ Mere Christianity a book which is on one level clear and simple but which also has great depth and richness which this podcast brings out. Season Two deals with Lewis’ The Great Divorce, a modern day Dante’s Divine Comedy which sees the narrator travelling from Hell/Purgatory to Heaven and then being conducted by Lewis’ Virgil, George McDonald, a writer of fantasy who exerted a huge influence on Lewis. It is a short book that fizzes with ideas and is unlike any other albeit in its atmosphere it is reminiscent of the novels of Charles Williams, a fellow member of the Inklings. David and Matt provide an excellent commentary that brings out and develops the many ideas present within.
Season Three is a deep dive into a neglected work of Lewis called ‘Till we have faces’ a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. I have always thought this one if Lewis’ most engrossing works even better than his science fiction trilogy and with similarities to his great unfinished work The Dark Tower. It has an unreliable narrator, a little like DuMaurier’s Rebecca and as a reader you yourself progress and develop in understanding with the main character Orual. I am very pleased that Matt and David are bringing this book back centre stage where it deserves to be in the Lewis oeuvre.
I very much admire their enthusiasm and the work and preparation they put into each episode. I have loved Lewis and devoured his books for many years but I have found this podcast enriching, bringing out many new ideas and perspectives. I hope others enjoy this as much as I do.
Personable and knowledgeable
David Bates has a brilliant radio voice and manner in the classic BBC style. He really knows his Lewis and isn’t afraid to have an opinion.
I’d prefer the interviews to have a bit more Lewisian cut and thrust, but I acknowledge this is a fans’ appreciation society, not a hard news show.
I wish I'd said that
I have read many CS Lewis books over the years (but over ten years ago now) and have really appreciated the discussion around the topics raised. I guess I would benefit from a book club but this is definitely the next best thing ( and could be better depending on the members of any one particular club)
I have already read Mere Christianity and The Great Divorce but not Till We Have Faces so will this move me on... (I'd like to say yes but I have a big pile of books waiting for me... we'll see)