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PZ’s Podcast: Without Which Not

EPISODE 178: Without Which Not The social-media fracas concerning General Seminary in New York is revealing. It has shown how far ideology can go in conceptualizing one’s enemies. It’s kept me thinking about the French Revolution. Everybody got further and further (and further) extreme until even the most thorough “liberal” was branded a reactionary. Off […]

The First Three Lessons for the Virtuous Raleigh W. Hayes

As you’ll see in our summer issue of The Mockingbird, Michael Malone’s Handling Sin is belatedly perched upon the book shelf here at HQ. It’s a shame the 1983 novel (even taking place in the Piedmont, for crying out loud!), took this long to find us, because not since Wilder’s Theophilus North, or Cobb’s Old […]

PZ’s Desert Island Discs (But This Time It’s Books!)

I’m just now beginning to emerge from two years of living in the desert, the howling waste of inwardness that is caused by the box canyon of life. I’m coming out of it. In addition to the New Testament, ten books, in particular, have proven sustaining to me in the wilderness. If you read Mockingbird, […]

PZ’s Podcast: “Unknown, And Yet Well Known” (II Cor 6:9)

EPISODE 49 Why this endless Easter Parade of unknown authors? Why this ‘Great Trek’ through ranks of old writers whom no one’s ever heard of today? Well, there’s a reason for it. Here’s the reason: Popular philosophers and writers in every age touch a chord with the culture that surrounds them. They tap into something […]

PZ’s Podcast: The Gothic

EPISODE 19 I’ve been thinking about this subject for 50 years, but only recently I think a little light has dawned. In other words, I begin to understand now, in my head, what my ten-year-old Celine-Dion heart understood right from the beginning. We’re talking about the Gothic, the “Gothic” strain in literature and movies — […]

Irvin S. Cobb’s Exit Laughing

In 1941 Cobb published his autobiography Exit Laughing, which contained his mature thoughts on Christianity and the Bible, a number of which are wondrously expressed and very much worth sharing: “… the work I read oftenest — a book which is in part authentic reporting but obviously in a greater degree purely apocryphal — is […]

PZ’s Podcast: Another Unread Author – But Wait! Hear Me Out

EPISODE 16 I’ve written before about John Ford’s amazing 1953 movie The Sun Shines Bright, and have been showing that movie to people since the late 1970s. It’s not on DVD but a nice VHS copy does exist. You can, however, order a DVD copy of Ford’s earlier Judge Priest, starring Will Rogers; as well […]

From Irvin S. Cobb & John Ford: Judge Priest Preaching in The Sun Shines Bright

Here is a wonderful quote on preaching, from Irvin S. Cobb’s short story from 1914 entitled The Lord Provides. John Ford made this scene the climax of his 1953 masterpiece, The Sun Shines Bright. But the original, below, is purest Gospel, at least as I see it. Others of Cobb’s early-period short stories attain something […]