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CD 16 - Stuart Kells On Libraries, Shakespeare, & Curious Mysteries

CD 16 - Stuart Kells On Libraries, Shakespeare, & Curious Mysteries

October 12, 2021

My guest is author and bookman Stuart Kells of Melbourne, Australia. Stuart and I chat about various things bookish—private presses, pulp paperbacks, typefaces, and university presses. We even talk about two of his books a bit, The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders and Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature. Both highly recommended.

You don’t want to miss the story about Stuart’s mystery find that cost him $3 but turned into the most valuable thing he owned.

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CD 15 - Around the World With Alberto Miguel Fernandez

CD 15 - Around the World With Alberto Miguel Fernandez

August 17, 2021

My guest is former Ambassador Alberto Miguel Fernandez. Alberto served as US Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, and also served in various diplomatic roles around the world including in Afghanistan, Syria, and Sudan. He currently serves as vice president of the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Alberto shares his early introduction to Russell Kirk’s writings, his family’s history with his native Cuba, his career as a US diplomat, and thoughts about disappearing cultures around the world with his recent article in The Lamp magazine as a jumping off point.

This interview was recorded just prior to the rapid collapse of Afghanistan this past week, but Alberto discusses his time in Kabul and the role of the US there. Plus, stick around for some book recommendations at the end.

 

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'Torn From Love' at The Lamp Magazine (note: behind a paywall)

'Neither a Suicide Noose Nor a Sword of Vengeance' 

'Adventurer, Patriot, Spanish Man of Letters: The Moroccan Notes of Gimenez Caballero'

 

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CD 14 - Michael Ward On C.S. Lewis and The Abolition of Man

CD 14 - Michael Ward On C.S. Lewis and The Abolition of Man

July 19, 2021

My guest is Father Michael Ward of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and also of Houston Baptist University. Fr Ward has an enviable trifecta in his academic pedigree—degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews. Fr. Ward is perhaps best known for his book Planet Narnia, which explains the correlation of each Narnia book to a planet in medieval cosmology. His recently released book from Word on Fire Academic, After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man is the primary subject of our discussion, but we also talk about James Bond.

 

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After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man

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Michael Ward and 007

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CD 13 - Reading the Times With Jeffrey Bilbro

CD 13 - Reading the Times With Jeffrey Bilbro

June 21, 2021

Jeffrey Bilbro is editor of the The Front Porch Republic. Jeff is a fellow devotee of Wendell Berry, and has written a new book from IVP called Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry Into the News. We discuss setting priorities in a Twitter world with a bit of talk about higher education thrown in. We even have nice things to say about Henry David Thoreau.

 

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CD 12 - Jared Zimmerer on Russell Kirk’s Personalism

CD 12 - Jared Zimmerer on Russell Kirk’s Personalism

June 1, 2021

Jared Zimmerer is director of the Word on Fire Institute. Jared is a fellow disciple of Russell Kirk, and currently is pursuing doctoral research on things Kirkian. It should not surprise you that Dr. Kirk is exactly what we talk about, particularly the idea of personalism related to Dr. Kirk’s writings, and the influence of St. John Henry Newman on his thought. In the course of that, we also delve into Dr. Kirk’s conversion to Catholicism and discuss his view of the need for beauty.

 

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CD 11 - Erik Bootsma On Traditional Architecture

CD 11 - Erik Bootsma On Traditional Architecture

April 28, 2021

My guest is Erik Bootsma a classical architect who specializes in ecclesiastical architecture. Erik was trained at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, which focuses on traditional forms of architecture. He and I discuss the role and modern degradation of architecture, Russell Kirk on modern architecture, the church wreckovations of the 1960s, and the attempts to return to traditional understandings of sacred space. Plus, we take a look at Prince Charles’s book A Vision of Britain and the Prince’s model city of Poundbury. It’s a packed discussion, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

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"An Architect Reconsiders 'The Architecture of Servitude and Boredom'"

"To Resurrect Notre Dame Is a Work of Faith"

 

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CD 10 - Pedro Mendes with Ten Garments Every Man Should Own

CD 10 - Pedro Mendes with Ten Garments Every Man Should Own

April 13, 2021

My guest is Canadian menswear writer and broadcaster Pedro Mendes who operates the website The Hogtown Rake. I have followed Pedro for years on Instagram and also very much enjoyed his podcast series ‘Unbuttoned With Bruce Boyer.’ Pedro has an appreciation for classic men’s clothing that I share, and in this episode we discuss his new book Ten Garments Every Man Should Own: A Practical Guide to Building a Permanent Wardrobe. Is there a place for classic clothing in a locked down Zoom world? Please join us and find out.

 

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CD 09 - Uprooted with Grace Olmstead

CD 09 - Uprooted with Grace Olmstead

March 29, 2021

My guest this episode is Grace Olmstead. Grace has done excellent work for several years on issues of localism, just the sort of thing we like to talk about on Cultural Debris. Like your humble host, she is a devotee of Wendell Berry’s works, and her new book Uprooted is a chronicle of approaching her own native place and her own life with the principles of localism, sustainability, and the obligations of membership.

 

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Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind

'Wendell Berry's Right Kind of Farming,' by Grace Olmstead (NYT)

 

Hill Women, by Cassie Chambers

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

 

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CD 08 - Holly Ordway On Tolkien’s Modern Reading

CD 08 - Holly Ordway On Tolkien’s Modern Reading

March 1, 2021

Holly Ordway is Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture of the Word on Fire Institute. Her new book, the first from the new Word on Fire Academic imprint, is Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages. It’s an important work, that genuinely breaks new ground in Tolkien studies. Holly was kind enough to chat about the book and about J.R.R. Tolkien, certainly a favorite of mine, and I suspect, yours, too.

 

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Tolkien's Modern Reading at Word On Fire (with videos)

 

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CD 07 - Artist Elisabeth Deane & The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

CD 07 - Artist Elisabeth Deane & The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

February 15, 2021

My guest this episode is Elisabeth Deane, a talented artist living and working in London with her husband Jethro Buck, also an artist.

On a trip to India, Elisabeth was exposed to traditional Indian miniature painting, which led her to her life’s work. She pursued studies at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London. She talks about life as an artist and also her time and training at the Prince’s School, which was established by the Prince of Wales to reinvigorate traditional arts and crafts techniques through both conceptual and practical instruction. Elisabeth has taken her training in traditional techniques and applied them in imaginative and contemporary ways.

Elisabeth Deane website | Instagram | Grosvenor Gallery 

Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

Sanju Soni Instagram | Facebook

Ajay and Vinita Sharma website | Royal Society

Samantha Buckley website | Instagram | Prince's School

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh website | Instagram

Vaishali Prazmari website | Instagram | Prince's School

Olivia Fraser website | Grosvenor Gallery | Instagram

Jethro Buck website | Instagram | Crane Kalman Gallery

 

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