Dicussions of literature from a philosophical perspective.
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Join Nina, Daniel, Fabrice, and Rob us as we discuss Edith Wharton's 1913 satire of American ambition, The Custom of the Country.
The Poetry Episode (Dickinson, Baudelaire, Bishop, Byron)
Each of the four contributors picked a different poem to read and discuss for this episode. The poems we picked are listed below. Also below are links to the poems and the starting point for each segment.
Emily Dickinson, "The Brain is Wider Than the Sky" - 2:35
Charles Baudelaire, "The Albatross" - 13:05
Elizabeth Bishop, "The Art of Losing" - 29:45
Lord Byron, "Darkness" - 40:38
Want to join the Phi Fic podcast?
We’re looking for people to come join the show as regular contributors to the Phi Fic podcast. The idea of the show is to discuss literature from a philosophical perspective. I will be handling all the back-end work and costs associated with running the show, so you can focus on the readings and contributing to our discussion. We’re hosted on the website for the Partially Examined life, and we usually get over a thousand listeners per episode, so this is a great opportunity to get your voice out there. You’ll also have a say in deciding what we read. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact me at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. --Daniel
PHI FIC #43 Bleak House by Charles Dickens
An unwritten novel by Virginia Woolf
Phi Fic #41 Paradise Lost by John Milton
Discussions are Fantastic - Please no reader monotone.
I really enjoy the selections of books and discussions. The only thing that drives me crazy is that, when reading passages from the books, dear god use some voice variation. The monotone kills me. And one of you, I think has “actor” in your profile. I’m not expecting a dramatic reading, but emphasis and tone is important in trying to convey an idea - especially when the audio is not ideal.
I cringe with the droning when you read from some of my favorite books.
Doesn’t Fully Live Up to Its Name
I’ve given this podcast several listens in hopes that the level of discourse about the literature would delve more deeply into the philosophical questions that sometimes arise (or could/should). Too often, such questions go unasked, are given short shrift (and are seldom related to actual philosophers’ ideas), or, worst of all, derailed by distracting pop culture references. A couple of the hosts try to keep it focused and rigorous to some extent, but the others either don’t have the tools to meet that level of interaction...or maybe this podcast is supposed to be mainly fic without any real phi? I can’t tell, but I’ve been disappointed too many times to try again.
Love the conversation, the jokes, the selections and the whole production in general. Excellent.