Danny Anderson and guests discuss Christianity and the life of the mind.
Sectarian Review 188: Living With Alzheimer's with Greg O'Brien
This week's show is an interview with Greg O'Brien, author of On Pluto, and star of the new documentary Have you Heard About Greg?
Greg is an award-winning journalist who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 59 and dedicated the rest of his life to spreading the word about this tragic disease. In this interview, Greg discusses his family history with Alzheimer's, the toll it takes on him and his family, as well as the roles that humor and faith play in coping with the disease. It is a serious, yet humorous journey, and an honor to feature on the Sectarian Review Podcast.
Below are some links to various topics and resources covered in the episode:
On Pluto (Greg's website)
Remember, by Lisa Genova
Dr. Tanzi's "S.H.I.E.L.D" plan
Us Against Alzheimer's Brain Guide
Alzheimer's Family Support Center
To keep up with the show, as well as Danny Anderson's writing efforts:
Sectarian Review 187: The Conservatism of Teaching with Jonathan Wilson
Joining the show today is educator, historian, and writer Jonathan Wilson to discuss his essay "The Conservatism of My Teaching: Seven Elements." The conversation is a fascinating exploration of some paradoxes embedded withing good, engaged teaching. The productive role of Grand Narratives in student learning. Conceiving education as a moral activity. These are just a few of the rather conservative ideas that liberal and left teachers often employ in their pedagogy. The conversation is filled with fascinating paradoxes and nuggets of wisdom about teaching, including during Covid pandemic.
"The Conservatism of My Teaching: Seven Elements:" https://bluebook.life/2021/04/16/the-conservatism-of-my-teaching/
Jonathan Wilson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jnthnwwlsn
Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, ed. Stearns, Seixas, Wineburg https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED452140
The Journal of American History, March 2022 https://academic.oup.com/jah/issue/108/4?login=false
Sectarian Review 186: Poetic Liberation with C. Derick Varn
Back on the show today is C. Derick Varn. Danny rescues him from having to talk politics once again. This time, Derick discusses his new book of poetry, Liberation and All the Bright Etcetera. The discussion covers such topics as psychology, poetics, identity, movies, and is punctuated by a particularly profound reflection on caregivng for someone with cancer. In addition, the poet reads a few selections from the book. You can find the book at the following link: https://mysteriosobooks.com/ols/products/liberation-and-all-the-bright-etcetera-a-poetry-chapbook-by-c-derick-varn?fbclid=IwAR30dirZpwXLwkAm4-ZPipP-HNmOIk2MlR7Xax5BiW4eQI8gowCZZiZUIoM
Sectarian Review 185: Comedy, Horror, and Film with Jo Rou
Joining the show today is filmmaker and performer Jo Rou. Jo discusses her experience in comedy, theater, and independent filmmaking. Her latest short film, "Mary," depicts an insurance salesman with lingering guilty feelings about his late mother who encounters a client (on the anniversary of his mother's death) who may or may not be the ghost of his mother. Jo has a lot to say about art and life and you will absolutely enjoy this interview. Jo's work can be found at http://callmejo.com/.
Sectarian Review 184: Sacred Spaces
By request from our beloved listener Elton! This week, Danny is Joined by long-time friend of the show Carter Stepper-Smith to talk about the role of physical space in worship practices. Carter is an Anglican priest and is currently restoring an old church building and has much to say on the subject. Feel free to comment by sending an email to email@example.com
Sectarian Review 183: Ghostbusters Afterlife
This week, Danny is joined by City of Man host Coyle Neal to discuss 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife. A great discussion about the film and the possibilities and limits of nostalgia. Have fun!
This podcast is just plain good. Always earnest and insightful, with great guests.
These two Gnostic fanatics scramble to explain away the over 100,000 words of ‘coincidences’ which I presented in Sacred Scroll of Seven Seals. I have repeatedly challenged these clowns to an on-air debate but my request has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears. It is time that the two smartest guys in the room get a good old-fashioned education. This was nothing more than a cheap shot too try and garner fans.
Intellectual and Spritual Growth
As a former student of Danny Anderson, I was excited to find his podcast. The classroom discussion that we had during his Kafka course helped to foster my love for literature. Although encompassing a wider range of topics, including pop culture and religion, the conversations on The Sectarian Review are reminiscent of those discussions. In order to awaken intellectually and spritually, one must question one's understandings and beliefes by examining them from different perspectives. The Sectarian Review is a wonderful platform to facilitate this awakening.