Julie Davis, Scott Danielson

A Good Story is Hard to Find

Two Catholics talking about books, movies, and the traces of "one Reality" they find there.
A Good Story is Hard to Find

Description

Two Catholics talking about books, movies and traces of "the One Reality" they find below the surface.

Link: agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/

Episodes

Good Story 206: That Hideous Strength

May 7, 2019

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Julie and Scott are appalled to find that N.I.C.E. bought the lot next door. Episode 206: That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.


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"I suppose there are two views about everything," said Mark. "Eh? Two views? There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one."


Good Story 205: PK (2014)

Apr 23, 2019

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Julie lost her remote and can't get home. Scott has a plan to find it that may or may not involve betel leaves. Episode 205: PK (2014).



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Aamir Khan Dance Sampler:

Zoobi Doobi (From 3 Idiots)

Dhoom Tap (From Dhoom 3 — movie review here)

Manzoor-e-Khuda (From Thugs of Hindostan) 

Another good Aamir Khan movie: Lagaan (review here)

Good Story 204: Perelandra

Apr 9, 2019

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Julie and Scott were supposed to do whatever God asked on Perelandra, but they were distracted by apples and fixed lands. They are now waiting for a new assignment. Episode 204: Perelandra by C. S. Lewis.


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Good Story 203: The Ten Commandments (1956)

Mar 26, 2019

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Scott did the podcast shirtless and covered in mud. Julie worries she'll never be able to get the carpets clean. Episode 203: The Ten Commandments (1956).



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Good Story 202: Out of the Silent Planet

Mar 12, 2019

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Julie and Scott were kidnapped and are now on a spaceship headed for Mars. Julie misses all of humanity. Scott just wants a cheeseburger. Episode 202: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis.


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The Narnia Code by Michael Ward at Happy Catholic.

Good Story 201: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Feb 26, 2019

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Scott got off the train just for a minute. Julie spent the rest of the podcast looking for him, enduring tight slaps from law enforcement and at least two musical numbers. Good Story 201: Bajrangi Bhaijaan.



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Bollywood on Happy Catholic (most recent reviews are first)Bollywood and beyond list on Letterboxd.

Good Story 200: Bluebeard

Feb 12, 2019

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Just before recording this podcast, Scott broke into Julie's house and replaced all the artwork with velvet paintings of dogs playing poker. Their special guest Marc may or may not have been appalled. Episode 200(!)'s subject is Kurt Vonnegut's Bluebeard.


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Once Upon a Time in America (art exhibit)

Good Story 199: The World's End

Jan 29, 2019

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Julie was last seen at The Hole in the Wall, but Scott only made it to The Trusty Servant. Neither can figure out why they keep doing what Gary tells them. In Episode 199, they discuss The World's End, which is the third movie in the Cornetto trilogy.



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Good Story 198: The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Jan 15, 2019

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Julie sees ghosts that constantly tell her where the bad books are. Scott was a saint, but only for most of the day last Thursday. Good Story 198: The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold.


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Good Story 197: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Dec 11, 2018

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Psychologically, Julie and Scott are very confused... but personally, they don't feel bad at all. Neither does Ernst Lubitsch, who directed The Shop Around the Corner, the subject of Episode 197.


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Good Story 196: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

Nov 27, 2018

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Julie and Scott were abiding in the fields in the night, minding their own business, when three guys showed up looking for directions. Julie started to draw a map by starlight while Scott haggled for some myrrh. Good Story 196: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI.


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Good Story 195: Infernal Affairs

Nov 13, 2018

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Julie taps a message in Morse Code about where the bad guys are meeting. Scott thought she was asking for bourbon. Episode 195: Infernal Affairs (2002).


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Good Story 194: Young Goodman Brown and Rappaccini's Daughter

Oct 30, 2018

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Julie can't find all her pink ribbons. Scott's whirling, whirling, whirling in a circle. They've got a bad feeling about this. In Episode 194, two stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne: "Young Goodman Brown" and "Rappaccini's Daughter".

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Good Story 193: A Quiet Place

Oct 16, 2018

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Julie knows there's going to be trouble when Scott picks up a drum kit at the drug store. Episode 193: A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski.


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Good Story 192: The October Country

Oct 2, 2018

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Julie's hanging on to her skeleton. Scott is trying to hide from the wind. Obviously Ray Bradbury's better at horror than they realized! Episode 192: The October Country by Ray Bradbury.

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Good Story 191: Cat People (1942)

Sep 18, 2018

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Scott warned Julie against going to the pool. She was sorry she ignored him when a were-possum wouldn't let her out of the water. If only she'd brought Scott's sword cane! Good Story 191: Cat People (1942), produced by Val Lewton


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Good Story 190: Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger

Sep 4, 2018

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Julie is content to stay in the New World, but Scott argues that his phone gets no signal there. Episode 190, Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger.

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Good Story 189: Gattaca

Aug 21, 2018

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Scott and Julie decide to get their genetics tested. The results are in: their DNA says they are top notch opera singers. Tickets on sale soon! Episode 189, Gattaca (1997), directed by Andrew Niccol.


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Consider God's handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked?
- Ecclesiastes 7:13


Good Story 188: The War of the Worlds

Aug 7, 2018

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Julie and Scott hear some hubbub about alien invasion in the rural areas, but they don't believe a word of it. Episode 188: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells!

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Good Story 187: Chef (2014)

Jul 24, 2018

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Julie bought a new oven for the food truck, Scott bought a 50lb sack of corn starch. They both enjoyed Chef (2014), directed by Jon Favreau. Episode 187.


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Good Story 186: Appointment with Death

Jul 10, 2018

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On their way to Petra, Julie thought she overheard Scott telling someone "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" What he actually said was, "You do see, don't you, that burgers are best grilled?" No one had the heart to tell Poirot. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie is the subject of Episode 186.

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Good Story 185: King Kong (1933)

Jun 26, 2018

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Scott won the scream contest, so Julie had to play Denham in Episode 185: King Kong (1933). The Eighth Wonder of the World!


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Good Story 184: The Strangest Way

Jun 12, 2018

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Scott's walking the Christian path using Star Trek as his guide. Julie's reading Jeeves and Wooster for pointers. Bishop Barron thinks they'd better read his book again. Episode 184, The Strangest Way by Robert Barron.

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- Bishop Barron's Word on Fire


Good Story 183: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

May 29, 2018

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Scott gives Julie a bookmark with a Marx quote that changes her life. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." He's always been a fan of Groucho Marx. Episode 183: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


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Good Story 182: The Game of Fox and Lion

May 15, 2018

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Scott is a specially enhanced Multi-Neural Capacitant with the ability to stop galactic wars. So he's pretty annoyed when Julie kidnaps him to use his mental abilities for memorizing cocktail recipes. Episode 182: A Game of Fox and Lion by Robert R. Chase.

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Good Story 181: The West Wing

May 1, 2018

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Scott runs around the White House opening and closing doors and yelling "how about now?" Julie keeps her eye on the Oval Office terrace door and shouts "nope, still closed!" The President wonders what he did to deserve this.


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- Scott's favorite West Wing opening scene:

Good Story 180: Pancakes in Paris

Apr 17, 2018

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Scott orders a tall stack, Julie orders corned beef hash. They both have seconds of sock juice. Episode 180: Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

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Good Story 179: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Apr 3, 2018

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Julie tries to talk Scott out of going to Contention City while wearing his Huachuca City Mustangs jersey. Scott is almost swayed but then wears the jersey and a black sombrero for good measure. Episode 179: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)


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Good Story 178: The Book of Jonah

Mar 20, 2018

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Scott couldn't believe they threw Julie overboard, but the sea calmed immediately so he couldn't argue the logic. In Episode 178, they discuss The Book of Jonah from the Bible.

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- Julie's post (at Happy Catholic) about reading the Bible Chronologically.


Good Story 177: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mar 6, 2018

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Scott and Julie steal a painting, elude an assassin, avoid a war, join a secret society, escape prison, and eat cake. While learning to become Lobby Boys, completely invisible yet always in sight. Episode 177: The Grand Budapest Hotel.


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Good Story 176: The Martian Chronicles

Feb 20, 2018

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Scott invited Julie to the open house for his new House of Usher. She thought the bleak tarn wasn't bleak or tarn-y enough. And she rearranged the furniture. Scott walled her into the basement to rethink her decisions. Episode 176: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.

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Leonard Nimoy's reading of Usher II: On Youtube

Good Story 175: The Women's Balcony

Feb 6, 2018

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Julie forgot the candy so Scott stretched his talk by telling the one about the priest, the rabbi, and the minister who walk into a bar. The congregation was not amused. Episode 175: The Women's Balcony (2017)


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Good Story 174: The Ship of Ishtar

Jan 23, 2018

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Julie and Scott should have known that Jeff didn't invite them for a normal afternoon boating trip when he showed up with a cloak, a sword, and a toy ship. Episode #174, with special guest Jeff Miller!

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Visit Jeff's blog, The Curt Jester

Good Story 173: 3 Godfathers (1948)

Dec 12, 2017

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Julie and Scott go for a day trip in the desert. With no water. And no horses. With this sort of talent for planning you'd think seven years of podcasts would be impossible. Somehow they pulled it off! 3 Godfathers (1948) is the subject of Episode 173.


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Good Story 172: Leviathan Wakes

Nov 28, 2017

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Scott heard some "facts" from Dan Brown about how things really work. He immediately broadcasted that info to everyone. Julie picked up the Catechism and a bottle to go deliver some hard truths. Sometimes reminders come from unexpected places, like James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, the subject of Episode 172.

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Good Story 171: Rocky (1976)

Nov 14, 2017

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Julie and Scott just spent hours filming a pre-podcast training montage. Highlights include Scott's one armed editing and Julie's flawless pronounciation of the director's name. Episode 171, Rocky (1976).


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Good Story 170: Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Oct 31, 2017

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After a few harvest ales, Julie chased a headless horseman and Scott danced in a manner pleasing to St. Vitus himself. Join them for a flagon of Rip Van Winkle and a hearty mug of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 170.

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Find Julie's reading of Rip Van Winkle here: Forgotten Classics, Episode 337: Rip Van Winkle

Good Story 169: Colossal

Oct 17, 2017

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Julie and Scott are thinking about cleaning up and opening the unused back room of the Good Story Studios. It's decorated in an 80s Disco motif. Episode 169, Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, directed by Nacho Vigalondo.


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Good Story 168: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Oct 4, 2017

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Julie and Scott have been warned away from a business meeting with Dracula at his castle. They won't shirk their duty no matter how many rosaries the locals give them. And man... this pasta has a LOT of garlic in it.

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Good Story 167: Hamlet (1990)

Sep 20, 2017

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To podcast, or not to podcast. That is the question. Scott says yes. Julie says no. After they talk about it, they change sides. Still no decisions get made. But, somehow, the podcast did! Hamlet (1990) - starring several famous people and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.


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Good Story 166: The Inklings

Sep 5, 2017

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Julie and Scott decide to record the podcast while hiking, but between Julie stopping to look at the interesting trees (they were all interesting, apparently) and Scott stopping at every pub (thirsty), it didn't come together. Once recovered, they recorded Episode 166 in the normal way. The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter was the subject.



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Good Story 165: Tootsie

Aug 22, 2017

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Julie and Scott don't like it when people come up to them after a podcast and say, "I really dug your message, man." They like it when people come up to them the next day, or a week later, and say, "I listened to your podcast. What happened?" Episode 165, Tootsie (1982) starring Dustin Hoffman.


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Jaws of Life podcast — website, iTunes

Good Story 164: Ender's Game

Aug 8, 2017

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Under the door, a new set of orders. Julie and Scott have to record yet another podcast, this time against insurmountable odds. Episode 164: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.



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Good Story 163: Silence (2016)

Aug 1, 2017

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Julie is excited about going to Japan. Scott breaks the news that it won't be a vacation and asks how she feels about sleeping in caves. Julie said nothing. This is not about that kind of silence, Scott said. In Episode 163, they discuss Silence (2016), directed by Martin Scorcese.


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Good Story 162: FlanneryCast 2017

Jul 11, 2017

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Julie and Scott get staggered by a statue, straightened by the Holy Ghost, and stabbed in the heart by Jesus. And that's just three Flannery O'Connor stories. Episode 162 is their third Flannery O'Connor podcast! We discuss The Artificial Nigger, Greenleaf, and The Enduring Chill.



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Stephen Colbert reading The Enduring Chill. (This file is practically impossible to find so I hope this link keeps working for a while!)

Good Story 161: Monsoon Wedding

Jun 27, 2017

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Julie and Scott attend a wedding in India. It took 1 hr and 54 minutes, exactly and approximately.
Episode 161: Monsoon Wedding (2001), directed by Mira Nair.


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Good Story 160: A Tale of Two Cities

Jun 13, 2017

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Julie rips out Scott's knitting even though he swears he is not knitting in the names of the enemies of the podcast.

Scott finds this very frustrating. It's no way to conduct a revolution.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Episode 160.


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Good Story 159: Inherit the Wind

May 31, 2017

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Scott's Skype unexpectedly updates. Julie is furious - that Old Time Skype was good enough for her! Inherit the Wind (1960) is the subject of Episode 158.


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Good Story 158: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

May 16, 2017

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Julie finds Marvin amusing, which depresses him even more. Scott begins working on a Jupiter-sized computer to replace the Earth. Grab your towels and join them for Episode 158, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


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Good Story 157: Spinning Plates

May 2, 2017

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Julie hopes she can make her fried chicken last through Scott's 25 courses. Scott argues that a giblet is NOT a course. Episode 157, Spinning Plates, a documentary written and directed by Joseph Levy.


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Julie's post about Saint Martha.


In this episode, Scott and Julie mentioned a DVD extra that had Brad Bird and Thomas Keller in it. Here it is:

Julie Davis on Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life

Apr 25, 2017

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In this short Interview Extra, Scott sits down with Julie to discuss her new book Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life: Prayers and Reflections for Getting Closer.

Amazon Link: Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life by Julie Davis

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Good Story 156: The Daughter of Time

Apr 19, 2017

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After a bizarre podcasting accident leaves Julie and Scott in the hospital, the nurses confiscate their copies of The Daughter of Time to stop them arguing about Richard III. It doesn't work. Episode 156.


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Good Story 155: Arrival

Apr 4, 2017

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Julie's coffee stained napkin insults the aliens. Luckily Scott knew she was going to do that and was prepared to dazzle them with Calculus and Mah Jongg. Rose dons a full hazmat suit to join them in a discussion of the film Arrival (2016), directed by Denis Villeneuve, written by Eric Heisserer, based on the story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang.


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In this episode, Good Story 11: Stories of Your Life and Others

Good Story 154: Flowers for Algernon

Mar 21, 2017

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While Scott runs through a frustrating maze, Julie marvels at her ability to find Karl Urban in every inkblot she sees. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is the subject of Episode 154.


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Good Story 153: Hell or High Water

Mar 7, 2017

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Julie comes up with a foolproof heist plan. Scott tells her to rewatch Hell or High Water. They were about to try it anyway, but called it off once they realized Jeff Bridges would be coming after them. Hell or High Water (2016), directed by David Mackenzie, written by Taylor Sheridan.


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Good Story 152: The Little World of Don Camillo

Feb 21, 2017

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Just when Julie and Scott were ready to start breaking candles over some heads, Christ got a word in. "Just one," he said. "Just one." The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovannino Guareschi.


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Good Story 151: Signs

Feb 14, 2017

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Scott and Julie lose the signal, but their bad housekeeping pays off. There are glasses of water everywhere. And a bat. Lucky! Or not? Episode 151, Signs directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


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Good Story 150: The Last Pagan

Jan 24, 2017

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Julie and Scott try to claim the reward for Julian's death, even though they were nowhere near the place. Mike Aquilina stops talking to Basil the Great just long enough to clear their names.


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Good Story 149: A Christmas Carol

Dec 28, 2016

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Julie takes Bob Cratchit's coal. Scott throws snowballs at carolers. Neither can figure out why the clock keeps ringing 1:00 all night long. Episode 149: a discussion of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


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The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les StandifordCharles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World by Simon Callow

Good Story 148: Kubo and the Two Strings

Dec 12, 2016

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Scott searches for strings. Julie searches for a good story. They find a paper samurai, a snow monkey, and a beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).


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Good Story 147: Concourse by S. J. Rozan

Nov 29, 2016

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Julie's gang name is Brigid. Scott's is Patrick. Together they lead The Leprechauns to drive the snakes out of the Bronx. Episode 147: Concourse by S. J. Rozan.


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"The Simple Art of Murder" (1950) by Raymond Chandler

Good Story 146: The Intouchables

Nov 15, 2016

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Julie grooves to Earth, Wind, and Fire and Scott likes Vivaldi. Yet they've been able to do this podcast together for 6 years. The Intouchables (2011) is the subject of Episode 146.


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Good Story 145: The Halloween Tree

Nov 1, 2016

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Julie never knows what to cook for the mummies in her closet. Scott soars on the tail of a kite which is harder than you'd think since he's dressed as a gargoyle. Together they go to unexpected places on the trail of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.


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Good Story 144: The Witch

Oct 18, 2016

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Julie and Scott head out to live in the woods because, frankly, everyone else is just doing it wrong. Sure, they'll miss butter and glass windows and apples, but they'll have more pointy sticks than anyone has ever had. And a witch. Or two. The Witch (2015) is the subject of Episode 144.


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Some links: Beware the Online Culture of Wrath by Steven D. GreydanusYoung Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, read by Julie!And Rappaccini's Daughter, also by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also read by Julie! Part 1, Part 2

Good Story 143: Rumpole of the Bailey

Oct 4, 2016

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Julie plans to use the flu to her utmost advantage, as it is a disease with endless possibilities. Scott, his wig and gown a complete disgrace, heads down to Pomeroy's for some plonk. Episode 143. Rumpole. Of the Bailey.


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Good Story 142: Lilies of the Field

Sep 20, 2016

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Scott gives away lollipops. Julie wants to sing both parts of Amen with no help. Lilies of the Field (1963) starring Sidney Poitier is the subject of Episode 142.


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Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, San Antonio, taken by Jason Merlo Photography
The Painted Churches of Texas

Good Story 141: Dune

Sep 6, 2016

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Julie eats spice cake and can see the future, which, paradoxically, complicates her decision making. Scott just says, "Mmmm, spice cake" and has another piece.  Arrakis. Dune. Desert planet. Episode 141.


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Good Story 140: The Great Escape

Aug 23, 2016

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Scott leads music practice but gathers too large an audience. Julie sprinkles dirt on the commandant's shoes. Both of them wind up in the cooler, without a single baseball. The Great Escape is discussed in Episode 140.




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Good Story 139: Paradiso

Aug 9, 2016

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St. Peter asks Scott and Julie to define faith. Julie puts on her sunglasses and takes a HUGE step backward. Scott, left on his own, tries to ask Siri but can you believe there's no signal in Paradise? Beatrice wonders how she got stuck with this pair. Episode 139, the last part of Dante's Divine Comedy: Paradiso.


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Good Story 138: High Noon - Rio Bravo

Jul 26, 2016

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Julie kept her cool during this episode, walking bravely into the fight. As instructed, Scott threw a flower pot through a window at just the right moment. They both sang a song with Dean Martin, but that scene was cut due to the fact that it was unintentionally hilarious. Episode 138 is a podcast safe for women and children, despite (or maybe because of) discussing two westerns at once: High Noon and Rio Bravo.


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Good Story 137: Purgatorio

Jul 12, 2016

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Julie is stuck with the Wrathful. Can't see a thing. Which is unfortunate because Scott is no help at all, as he is prostrate with the Ava- the Avarish- er, the greedy. Virgil is still around here somewhere. Episode 137: Purgatorio by Dante.


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Good Story 136: Hot Fuzz

Jun 28, 2016

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Scott flies through the air with both guns blazing — in slow motion — while Julie fires into the air screaming, "Noooooo!" Neither can calm down until they eat their Cornettos. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz, Episode 136.




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Good Story 135: Inferno

Jun 14, 2016

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Julie wants to look at Medusa. Scott wants a second ride on the scorpion monster. Virgil reminds them this isn't an amusement park. There's serious work to be done when you go straight to Hell. The first volume of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is the subject of Episode 135.


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Good Story 134: Aliens

May 31, 2016

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Julie wishes Hicks would pass her the cornbread. Scott spent hours creating elevator buttons that even aliens can read. Non-synthetic guests Hannah and Rose think that might have been a mistake. They all survived Episode 134, so expect a sequel...



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Good Story 133: Doomsday Book

May 18, 2016

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Julie wonders what color her gobstopper will turn next. Scott wishes someone would invent a cell phone. They both need some more practice with the bells and... oh no, here comes Mrs. Gaddson! Doomsday Book by Connie Willis is the subject of Episode 133.


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Good Story 132: Spotlight

May 2, 2016

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Scott attends a Catholic Charities soiree and Julie scrounges for money to make Xeroxes at the courthouse. Both of them look for a good Catholic back at the office. Episode 132.



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Good Story 131: Slow Horses

Apr 19, 2016

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Julie left a top secret recipe on the bus and Scott spectacularly screwed up a training exercise, which is why their new office is in Slough House next to the other slow horses. They have to whisper to talk about Slow Horses by Mick Herron because they don't want Lamb to hear. Episode 131.


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Mick Herron's website


Good Story 130: Guys and Dolls

Apr 5, 2016

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Julie and Scott have been running this podcast since they were juvenile delinquents. On behalf of the former sinners of the future, they'll keep right on running it, even though they are tired from weariness! Brando. Sinatra. Guys and Dolls.



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Good Story 129: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Mar 22, 2016

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Julie is bored. Scott hides the cocaine and hands her the violin. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is afoot in Episode 129.

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       I had called upon my friend, Julie Davis, one day in the autumn of last year and found her in deep conversation with a very fit gentleman with wild, sandy hair. With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when Davis pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door behind me.
       "You could not possible have come at a better time, my dear Scott," she said cordially.
       "I was afraid that you were engaged."
       "So I am. Very much so."
       "Then I can wait in the next room."
       "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. McConaughey, has been my podcast partner and helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no doubt he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also."
       The fit gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his dark eyes.
       "Try the settee," said Davis, relapsing into her armchair and putting her fingertips together, as was her custom when in judicial moods. "I know, my dear Scott, that you share my love of film and of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life. Mr. McConaughey was about to tell me why he must remove his shirt in every film he makes."


Good Story 128: Ostrov (The Island) (2006)

Mar 8, 2016

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Julie shot her iPod. Scott burned his socks. Neither was able to get Father Job to like them. Stoke the fire before watching Ostrov (The Island) (2006)!



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Good Story 127: Tuf Voyaging

Feb 24, 2016

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Julie and Scott call Haviland Tuf to solve the world's problems. The solution will include sea monsters, manna from heaven, and at least one Tyrannosaurus Rex. George R.R. Martin's Tuf Voyaging is the subject of Episode 127.

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Good Story 126: Gone Baby Gone

Feb 9, 2016

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Julie and Scott have never been asked to solve a crime of this magnitude. They usually solve crimes of the "who ate the last donut" variety. Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone is the subject of Episode 126.



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Challenging Opinions Interview: Sticking Up for the Faith

Feb 2, 2016

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And now for something completely different, from Julie ...
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.
I Peter 3:15William Campbell invited me to chat with him at his podcast, Challenging Opinions. The podcast exists to "test all ideas, left and right, liberal and conservative, progressive and libertarian."

That idea in itself is pretty challenging but when I listened to sample episodes William was a fair and impartial interviewer, which is a rare quality these days.

I thought we were going to discuss my post Obedience: The Dirtiest Word in America so I was prepared to talk about being an American Catholic during the political season. I think that post was only what drew me to William's attention. We never actually discussed that topic, but wound up covering everything from faith in God to Catholic misdeeds to the future of the Church.

I was going completely off the cuff, which I think shows sometimes, but that in itself was fair. Shouldn't we be able to shed some light on faith and the Church when we're asked about it? It was a like a particularly invigorating workout and I really enjoyed talking with William.

LISTEN at Challenging Opinions or iTunes.

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For why I'm a happy Catholic and for a further response now that I've looked into the documents William asked me about ... see my post at Happy Catholic.

Good Story 125: Frankenstein

Jan 26, 2016

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Julie rented some lab space, Scott went to find some brains. They saw this in a movie once and are pretty sure it will work. Episode 125, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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Good Story 124: Star Wars

Jan 12, 2016

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Julie and Scott open their sixth year* with special guest John C. Wright, who joins them to talk about story, myth, and Star Wars.


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*I counted on my fingers. -- sd

Good Story 123: Millions (2004)

Dec 18, 2015

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Julie and Scott find a bag of cash. Scott wants to give the money to The Judean People's Front, but Julie wants it to go to the People's Front of Judea. Find out what they decide in Episode 123: Millions (2004), directed by Danny Boyle.


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From Julie's Happy Catholic blog: A man came up to the window to ask for money. I know there are those who do this as a scam. So what should you do?


Good Story 122: Leaf by Niggle and The Great Divorce

Dec 4, 2015

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Julie and Scott spend an episode in Purgatory. Scott somewhat enjoyed the bus ride (except the violent part), and Julie came back with a pile of intricate leaves. In Episode 122, two stories for the price of one: Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.

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Good Story 121: Skyfall

Nov 23, 2015

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In Episode 121, Julie and Scott chased James Bond who was after Silva who was after M. Q was no help whatsoever. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes.


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Good Story 120: The City

Nov 13, 2015

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In Episode 120, Julie (or Julianne, but never Jules) and Scott (or Scotty, but never Scooter) discuss The City, an excellent Dean Koontz novel.

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Good Story 119: Halloween (1978)

Oct 23, 2015

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Hannah appeared outside the window. Julie and Scott invite her in (after checking for knives) to offer tips on horror movie survival. Like not dropping weapons when you think its over. How to get out of the house when you think its over. And that its never really over, especially when you think its over.


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Good Story 118: The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

Oct 16, 2015

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Julie and Scott do not feel they should be held responsible for the content of this podcast. The salt they found not only turned everything an odd color, but also turned them into the evil Juanita and Cesar. At this point, no one is sure who said what about The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Brandon Vogt's review of The C.S. Lewis Bible

Good Story 117: Les Miserables (2012)

Sep 25, 2015

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Scott has found a perfect location for a Den of Dissolutes in downtown Paris, but he can't understand why Julie is building a barricade outside. Not a chair left in the place! So they have to stand while discussing Les Miserables (2012), directed by Tom Hooper.


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Good Story 116: Endurance

Sep 11, 2015

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In Episode 116, Julie and Scott scour Alfred Lansing's story of Shackleton's ill-fated Trans-Antarctic Expedition for household and beauty tips.



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How Louis C.K. Became Funny, and Why It Matters, Study Hacks blogThe Late, Great Stephen Colbert at GQ Magazine

Prayer for Offering Up Suffering
Dear Lord,
I offer you (whatever your concern or problem here)
For the conversion of sinners
For the forgiveness of sins
In reparation for sins and
For the salvation of souls.
Amen.

The Fr Barron video mentioned in the podcast:


Good Story 115: Ben Hur

Sep 1, 2015

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Julie and Scott spend three years watching Ben Hur and they don't regret a moment of it. Episode 115, Ben Hur (1959) directed by William Wyler, who directed lots of things that were nothing like this.


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Rose's answers to Scott's editing questions:
Question 1: Editing was looked on more as a craft back in the Ben-Hur days than as an artistic field as it is today. She wasn't positive but thought that directors then would see the cuts (and sometimes reshoot parts as a result to get what they wanted) but they weren't "over-the-shoulder" the way directors are today. Perhaps the studio wanted to ensure that Wyler did an "over-the-shoulder" supervision. Especially with that much cash at stake.

Question 2: The problem with asking about "best edited" film is that there are a lot of different editing styles, so first you'd have to settle what style. There is "seamless" which means you never notice the editing at all. There is the sort that uses lots of jump cuts. And so forth. So she had no definitive answer.

Good Story 114: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Aug 21, 2015

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Julie and Scott spend some time with a couple of saints, a guy named Augustine, a very untidy kitchen, and Simon of Legree. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is the subject of Episode 114!


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Julie's reading of Uncle Tom's Cabin at her other podcast, Forgotten Classics.

Good Story 113: The Dirty Dozen

Jul 31, 2015

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Julie and Scott are dirty enough, but where is the rest of the dozen? The Dirty Dozen (1967) is the subject of Episode 113!


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Julie's reading of Uncle Tom's Cabin on Forgotten Classics


Good Story 112: The Caine Mutiny (novel)

Jul 17, 2015

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Julie and Scott have a lot of very important things to do, but instead of doing those things, they are going to find out who ate the strawberries. They are absolutely sure that one of you people has a key to the refrigerator. Episode 112, The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk.


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Curt Jester's review of The Caine Mutiny

Good Story 111: Life Itself

Jul 3, 2015

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Julie and Scott had this great idea for a TV show where they argue about movies every week... and then realize that Roger Ebert already had that idea. They spend an hour talking about him instead. Episode 111, Life Itself: a documentary about Roger Ebert.


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Roger Ebert's website


Good Story 110: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

Jun 26, 2015

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Scott and Julie argue about the meaning of "Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods." Neighbors tell them to take it to the edge of the woods because it's 2:00 a.m. and "some of us have work in the morning!" They quiet down long enough to discuss Mockingbird by Walter Tevis.


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The Mockingbird — A Virtuoso of Variety (from Bird Note podcast)

COMMENT that was too long for the comments boxes but which I (Julie) thought was well worth reading:
Hey Scott and Julie,

My apologies for the length of this email. It was too long for the comment box.

I started to listen to your podcast on "Mockingbird" by William Tevis. I was intrigued and stopped the podcast immediately so I could read the book. I agree, it is a very good book, highly recommended.

On the question about who the mockingbird is. I don't think you all went far enough.

You can make some points about who is mimicking whom. The drugged humans are in a way trying to mimic the robots, who in a way are mimicking humans. Paul and Mary Lou like stories and the old silent movies, and so they are in a way trying to mimic how to be human from them. But I think the strongest case applies to Spofforth.

1. Did you notice the book starts on page one with the birth or activation of Spofforth and ends on the last page with his death? Does the title of the book point to this fact?

2. As you all mentioned in the podcast, a mockingbird mimics the songs of other birds. Spofforth often whistled a song that he did not know. He also knew how to play the piano but never encountered a piano to demonstrate his ability.

Spofforth's mind was an "impression" made from a long dead human engineer. Despite their attempts to erase portions of the engineer's memories and personality, some things remained, like the song he whistled and his piano skills. His mind is an attempt to mimic a human mind.

3. Spofforth was tortured by a faint memory of a love he never experienced, presumably from an un-erased portion of the dead engineer's mind. We learn of two attempts that Spofforth tried to "mimic" this love. First was early in the book, near the beginning of his life with that girl with the scarlet coat with a black velvet collar. It failed. Near the end of his life, he tries again with Mary Lou. (Even bought a red coat for her too.)

He even thinks that he fell in love with Mary Lou, any yet it did not satisfy him. His melancholy persisted.

4. I think part of his melancholy could be due to that he did not have any good role models of humanity to mimic. His mind's impressions of humanity from the dead engineer were missing portions of "humanness". (Like the genetic code for a mockingbird to mimic other birds.) The humans he dealt with were already conditioned to be withdrawn and to rely on drugs to numb and inhibit their humanity. Later, the contraceptives in the drugs further suppress human expression by sharing their humanity with new life. I think he found human contemptible, especially after he told Mary Lou that he wished she would abort the baby.

You all really hit on a key point about creativity and its connection to being human. None of the humans in the story except for Paul, Mary Lou, and Annabelle created anything. Spofforth could repair things, but not create. Do mockingbirds create new songs, or do they strictly mimic?

5. Scott brought up the question about the mockingbird being at the edge of the woods--was the mockingbird singing into the woods or away from the woods? Maybe the mockingbird is just being itself on the edge of the woods, singing his song in both directions?

What if Spofforth, the mockingbird, is mimicking humanity at the "edge of the woods." The one human, Paul, that is stuck in the darkness in the middle of the woods is drawn toward the edge. After all, Paul does go to the university in New York from Ohio. And in the process of the novel, Paul passes from inside the woods to the outside.

So, I think the mockingbird is Spofforth.

Did you notice that Mary Lou supplied the missing word "woods" for Spofforth. It completed a line from a half-forgotten poem (I thought Spofforth could not forget anything), "Whose woods these are I think I know. His house..." (Ooo, a Robert Frost poem!)

Three other points:

Immolation -- why was this word used for suicide? Immolation means "to kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning." It is a religious term! Who are they offering themselves to? A whole burnt offering for the sins of humanity? For redemption from a Babylonian-like exile from not living their gifted lives?

The line "My life is light, waiting for the death wind, Like a feather on the back of my hand" is from a poem by T.S. Elliot called, "A Song for Simeon"--the same Simeon who was waiting at the temple for death but not before he saw the Anointed One.

There is an important and yet subtle scene between Paul and the robot of the thought bus on the way from the town of Maugre to New York. (Did you notice that "Maugre" means in spite of, notwithstanding, to defy? Kind of fits the Baleen family.) It was just prior to the portion you read on the podcast about his appreciation and gratitude of the sunrise, the ability to read, and his wonderment about Jesus as a great man. Before that, Paul had commented on the Old Testament and did not particularly like the book of Job. Somewhere in there (maybe just before or after), he asked the thought bus robot about who he was, as in what was he, what was his purpose, what was the meaning of life? The robot's response was unfulfilling like Job's friends because it seemed to reiterate the slogans of the culture. And then Paul had an experience of transcendence and joy with the sunrise, leading into your comments. (Is the meaning of life beyond words?)

Maybe that was the real reason for Spofforth's melancholy--he knew or sensed that he could never have a true experience of transcendence. (Falling in love with Mary Lou did not supply it.) And yet Spofforth does in his last moment before his death; he experienced transcendence and joy in a sunrise too. He finally mimics the ultimate human experience, and is satisfied.

Thank you for a great podcast and the tip onto a great book. Like you all said, things from the book keep popping up.

Good Story 109: Double Indemnity

Jun 12, 2015

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Scott can't find a match for his Camels. Julie wants beer but all they've got is iced tea. Rose's little man is warning her about teaming up with these two — even if it is to talk about Double Indemnity.


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Roger Ebert's Guide to Film Noir - "A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending."

Good Story 108: St. Francis of Assisi

May 22, 2015

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Julie and Scott discuss St. Francis. They both wonder at the parenting skill of St. Francis' dad, who bought his kid fancy armor and sent him to war with the city next door. ("Have fun storming the castle!") And then they wonder at the rest of the good saint's life. St. Francis of Assisi by G.K Chesteron.


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LINKS and EXTRA INFO
St. Francis's A Meditation on the "Our Father"
Quotes from Encountering Truth by Pope Francis
The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn, discussed in Episode 7 of Good Story
Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos
Who Would Dare to Love ISIS (A Letter From the People of the Cross)
Shepherd Book: I brought you some supper. But, if you'd *prefer* a lecture, I've a few very catchy ones prepped. Sin and hellfire. One has lepers.
Pope Francis' Miracle
I meant to bring this up during the podcast, when we were talking about St. Francis and Pope Francis. I wondered if St. Francis's joy was infusing the pope. — Julie
John Allen says that people keep saying Pope Francis doesn't act like the guy they knew back in Buenos Aires. He's always cared about the poor, but this beaming, shoot-from-the-hip, joyful fellow is someone even his sister says she doesn't recognize. As Allen reports it in his new book, there's a supernatural explanation. And it's one that makes me feel God's giving us the pope He wants us to have. As Allen tells it (whole piece here): Over Christmas 2013, a veteran Latin American cardinal who has known Bergoglio for decades made an appointment to see his old friend in the Santa Marta, the hotel on Vatican grounds where the pope has chosen to reside. (He lives in Room 201, a slightly larger room than the one he stayed in during the conclave that elected him, giving the pontiff enough space to receive guests comfortably).
The cardinal, who didn’t wish to be named, said he looked at Francis and, referring to the exuberance and spontaneity that are now hallmarks of his public image, said to him point-blank: "You are not the same man I knew in Buenos Aires. What’s happened to you?"
According to the cardinal, this was Francis’ answer: “On the night of my election, I had an experience of the closeness of God that gave me a great sense of interior freedom and peace," the cardinal quoted the pope as saying, "and that sense has never left me.”
MOOR-EEFFOC
Dickens in an unfinished autobiography:In the door there was an oval glass plate, with COFFEE-ROOM painted on it, addressed towards the street. If I ever find myself in a very different kind of coffee-room now, but where there is such an inscription on glass, and read it backward on the wrong side MOOR-EEFFOC (as I often used to do then, in a dismal reverie,) a shock goes through my blood.G.K. Chesterton in his book Charles Dickens: Herein is the whole secret of that eerie realism with which Dickens could always vitalize some dark or dull corner of London. There are details in the Dickens descriptions - a window, or a railing, or the keyhole of a door - which he endows with demoniac life. The things seem more actual than things really are. Indeed, that degree of realism does not exist in reality: it is the unbearable realism of a dream. And this kind of realism can only be gained by walking dreamily in a place; it cannot be gained by walking observantly. Dickens himself has given a perfect instance of how these nightmare minutiae grew upon him in his trance of abstraction. He mentions among the coffee-shops into which he crept in those wretched days one in St. Martin's Lane, "of which I only recollect that it stood near the church, and that in the door there was an oval glass plate with 'COFFEE ROOM' painted on it, addressed towards the street. If I ever find myself in a very different kind of coffee-room now, but where there is such an inscription on glass, and read it backwards on the wrong side, MOOR EEFFOC (as I often used to do then in a dismal reverie), a shock goes through my blood." That wild word, "Moor Eeffoc," is the motto of all effective realism; it is the masterpiece of the good realistic principle - the principle that the most fantastic thing of all is often the precise fact. And that elvish kind of realism Dickens adopted everywhere. His world was alive with inanimate objects.And, finally, not C.S. Lewis but J.R.R. Tolkien in On Fairy Stories: The word Mooreeffoc may cause you to realise that England is an utterly alien land, lost either in some remote past age glimpsed by history, or in some strange dim future reached only by a time-machine; to see the amazing oddity and interest of its inhabitants and their customs and feeding-habits.
Prayer in front of the Crucifix of San Damiano
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen

Good Story 107: Frequency

May 8, 2015

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All these years, Julie and Scott have been recording these podcasts through time. Julie discovers this (because of Scott Pilgrim - long story), and is annoyed that Scott didn't tell her about Google. "Frequency" is the movie, and it has Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, and Andre Braugher. Episode 107!


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The Bowery Boys, New York History

Good Story 106: Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber

Apr 24, 2015

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Julie and Scott fight over the Twinkies. Who gets the miracles and who gets the afflictions?  Episode 106, Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber (#2 in a series, but works perfectly as a stand alone book).


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Valley of Bones Review at Happy Catholic Bookshelf

Good Story 105: Shall We Dance? (1996)

Apr 10, 2015

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Julie and Scott take dancing lessons. The result, of course, is hilarious. Episode 105, Shall We Dance? (1996), directed by Masayuki Suo.


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Shall We Dance? on IMDBLumen Fidei (full English text at the Vatican site)Strictly Ballroom on IMDB

Good Story 104: Foundation

Apr 3, 2015

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Julie and Scott join a group of enthusiastic scholars that will soon head to beautiful Terminus to write an Encyclopedia. They hope to be back in time for the next podcast. Episode 104, Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

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A catalogue of Asimov's books.
Other books mentioned:The Lord by Romano GuardiniNightfall (short story) - AsimovThe Star (short story) - Arthur C. ClarkeGuns, Germs and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Churchill Factor by Boris JohnsonThe Caves of Steel - AsimovThe Naked Sun - Asimov

Good Story 103: Broadchurch

Mar 13, 2015

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Julie and Scott spend eight precious hours of their lives watching Series 1 of Broadchurch. They are not disappointed!


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Broadchurch on IMDB


Good Story 102: Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

Mar 6, 2015

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Julie and Scott only have ten dollars each. Julie spends it on the perfect Google hyper-targeted local advertising program, and Scott buys all the BAM! t-shirts he can find. In Episode 102, they discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

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Aldus Manutius on WikipediaFrancesco Griffo on WikipediaGone but not forgotten: Aldus software companyFor a quick overview of the book, here's Julie's review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore



Good Story 101: Calvary

Feb 13, 2015

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Julie and Scott watched Calvary (written and directed by John Michael McDonagh) then discuss it until they run out of things to say. They are both sure they'll think of something to add by Sunday week.


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Another McDonagh directed In Bruges - we discussed it in Episode 29.

Julie's review of Calvary.

Interview with Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh

Holbein's Memento Mori ... see it from the intended perspective here.

Read more about it at Wikipedia

Good Story 100: Among Others

Jan 30, 2015

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How best to celebrate 100 episodes of A Good Story is Hard to Find? By talking about another book, of course! Special Guest Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Astronomer, joins Julie and Scott to discuss a book of his choosing: Among Others by Jo Walton. Episode 100!!

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Jo Walton's websiteJo Walton's LiveJournalJo Walton on Tor.com
Jesuit Br. Guy Consolmagno wins Carl Sagan award.

We are blessed!

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Mother of the Incarnate Word.

Good Story 099: Everything That Rises Must Converge

Jan 16, 2015

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Julie and Scott offer 90 fun-filled minutes of inadequate and unworthy discussion about the patron of the podcast - Flannery O'Connor. Everything That Rises Must Converge. Eventually. This is Episode 99!

Stories discussed in-depth: Everything That Rises Must Converge, The Lame Shall Enter First, Revelation

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My Dear God - Flannery O'Connor's PrayersFlannery O'Connor reading "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in 1959Good Story Episode 32: A Good Man is Hard to Find

Good Story 098: It's a Wonderful Life

Dec 19, 2014

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Julie and Scott learn what the world would be like if this podcast never existed. They both decided to keep doing it, anyway. It's a Wonderful Life is the subject of Episode 98.


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Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends. Julie and Scott are blessed with many. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Good Story 097: In This House of Brede

Dec 5, 2014

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Let's face it. Reading In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden is the closest either Julie or Scott will come to being cloistered nuns. Episode 97!

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LINKS

- Forgotten Classics: China Court by Rumer Godden

- Jo Walton's review of In This House of Brede

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles:



Good Story 096: Hero (2002)

Nov 21, 2014

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Julie and Scott make it to within ten paces of the Emperor. Will they take action? Which way will the candles blow? Episode 96 is a discussion of Hero, a 2002 movie directed by Yimou Zhang.


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Good Story 095: The Catholic Church Through the Ages

Nov 8, 2014

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In Episode 95, Julie and Scott talk about history. Genuine, real-life Church history. Some things are discussed that no one expects! The Catholic Church Through the Ages by John Vidmar.

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LINKS
By sheer coincidence, Fr. Robert Barron just posted a very worthwhile video called "The Development of Doctrine". Here it is:



Good Story 094: Super 8

Oct 25, 2014

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In an attempt to make the best zombie movie ever, Julie and Scott meet their friends at the train station late at night to film a Big Scene. It gets crazy after that. If it wasn't for Tam, their explosives expert, they'd have been in a real mess. Super 8, written and directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Theme from The Halloween Tree:


Good Story 093: 'Salem's Lot

Oct 10, 2014

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Julie and Scott read a vampire novel by a little-known horror writer. They are both pretty sure he'll be popular one day. Keep writing Steve! Success is just around the corner! It's October, and the subject is 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King...




Stephen King
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LINKS

CraftLit's audio reading of DraculaRoger Ebert's quote:
When it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery. Your other religions are good for everyday theological tasks, like steering their members into heaven, but when the undead lunge up out of their graves, you want a priest on the case. As a product of Catholic schools, I take a certain pride in this pre-eminence.

Because we didn't get enough of Cleese in the previous episode:





Good Story 092: Monty Python's Life of Brian

Sep 26, 2014

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Julie joins the Judean People's Front (NOT the People's Front of Judea) (a group nobody likes), and Scott prophesies that nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. Eventually, they get around to discussing Monty Python's Life of Brian. This is Episode 92.


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John Cleese and Michael Palin discuss the movie with Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood. The date this was recorded is not clear, but it appears to be near the time the film was released (1979).


Good Story 091: Ashes to Ashes

Sep 12, 2014

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Julie and Scott form a committee. Scott wants the committee to immediately review who's marching in which parades, while Julie wants a school to stay open and thinks we better vote before someone kills Guy. Will they ever agree? Ashes to Ashes by Emma Lathen. Episode 91!

Wikipedia entry on Emma Lathen
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Good Story 090: Noah

Aug 28, 2014

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Julie and Scott have an unnecessary fist fight on the ark over what Julie thought was a cheeseburger but was actually a previously unknown variety of armadillo. They talk about the guy that build the boat: Noah! Directed by Darren Aronofsky.


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The Genesis of Noah by Peter ChattawayFirst Impressions of Noah by Peter ChattawaySecond Impressions of Noah by Peter ChattawayNoah the Movie by Orson Scott CardInterview with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel by Stephen GreydanusGenesis (Robert Alter's translation) on Forgotten Classics

Good Story 089: Pavane

Aug 14, 2014

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After reading Pavane, Scott spent his entire fortune on a shiny new semaphore tower. Julie learned more than she ever wanted to know about steam engines. The subject of Good Story Episode 89 is Pavane by Keith Roberts. "The waves were indifferent, and the wind; and the rocks neither knew nor cared who owned them, Christ’s Vicar or an English King."


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Good Story 088: A Man for All Seasons

Aug 7, 2014

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Julie and Scott learn much about the law and logical argument and upholding beliefs from St Thomas More as portrayed by Paul Scofield in the 1966 Oscar winning film "A Man for All Seasons". They haven't yet put into practice what they learned, of course, but maybe someday.


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A bit more about St. Thomas More at Wikipedia.At the end of this podcast, Julie describes her experience watching the film "Calvary" and interviewing the director. Here's a trailer for that film:



Good Story 087: Agent to the Stars

Jul 20, 2014

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Scott and Julie hire an agent but he spends all his time with a water bottle full of talking jello. So they while away the time talking about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.


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Gwedif pulled up to me as we walked. "I wish we had more time," he said. "This happened with Carl too. Barely time for introductions, and then off to decide the fate of our peoples. If nthing else, we've learned that you humans thrive on crisis."

"Anything worth doing is worth doing at a fevered pitch," I said.

"I don't know about that," Gwedif said. "I think the first place I'll go when I visit your planet—really visit your planet, I mean, not that little trip I took earlier—I think I'll go visit a monastery. Those people seem to have the right idea. Slow meditative spiritual contemplation."

"I think most of the monasteries these days are either making chant CDs or boutique wines," I said.

"Really?" Gwedif said. "Well, hell. What is it with you people?"


Good Story 086: Midnight in Paris

Jul 3, 2014

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Julie loves 1920's Paris, especially at midnight. But she's not sure she can give up air conditioning. Scott wonders if Hemingway will still read his rough draft if he refuses to fight him. Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is the subject of Good Story, Episode 86.


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Scott mentioned an NPR story about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in Asheville, NC, and here it is!Julie's favorite Woody Allen movies: Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bullets Over Broadway, Radio Days, Small Time Criminals, Everyone Says I Love You

Good Story 085: The Source

Jun 19, 2014

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Julie trudges through the desert with no water. Scott knows where to find a good well and also fascinating history about the Holy Land. A lot of history. They both enjoy a tall glass of ice water while discussing The Source by James Michener.

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Caravans by James MichenerPilgrimage to the Holy Land! (Join us!)Pope Francis's lament at Holocaust memorial Harold Lamb Crusades books: The Flame of Islam, Iron Men and Saints

Good Story 084: I Confess

May 29, 2014

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Julie thinks Father Logan has dreamy eyes and Scott is judging Inspector Larrue for his pointed investigation. They both confess they love this little known Alfred Hitchcock movie while discussing I Confess.


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I Confess at IMDB

Good Story 083: Jesus, A Pilgrimage

May 15, 2014

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In Episode 83, Scott watches in horror as Julie says, "um... excuse me, Lord, but he's been in there for three days, I don't think you want to go in there." They discuss Fr. James Martin's wonderful book called Jesus: A Pilgrimage.


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Steven D. Greydanus: The Last Temptation of Christ: An Essay in Film Criticism and FaithJulie's reading of Robert Alter's translation of Genesis at Forgotten Classics podcastCatholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture; Julie's review of CCSS MarkBible translations: some are listed in this Catholic resources pdf.The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land dvd reviewFr. James Martin, SJ on TwitterAnd our new Twitter account: GoodStoryFound

Good Story 082: The Rosie Project

May 8, 2014

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Julie and Scott discover that they are both a little like Don. If that sentence makes no sense, read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, a funny novel with a lot to say. Episode 82!


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The Rosie Project at Simon and Schuster

Good Story 081: Shower

Apr 17, 2014

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Scott has this great idea for an automated shower, if only Julie would front him a few dollars. The guys at the bathhouse are not taking sides. The subject of Episode 81 is Shower (1999), directed by Zhang Yang.


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Shower (1999) at IMDB

Good Story 080: Good Omens

Apr 3, 2014

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Julie sees a little silhouetto of a man. Scott's just a poor boy, nobody loves him. Thunderbolts and lightning! Very, very frightening! They both listened to Tchaikovsky's Bohemian Rhapsody while driving to this discussion of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Episode 80! Galileo, Galileo...


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Julie's Noah movie post

Good Story 079: The Lord of the Rings Films

Mar 20, 2014

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Two in-depth podcasts about Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Episodes 76 and 77) weren't enough! Julie, Seth, and Scott discuss The Lord of the Rings films.


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Rings, Swords, and Monsters, a course by Michael D.C. Drout.Alan Lee and John Howe - art

Good Story 078: Gravity

Mar 6, 2014

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Julie and Scott have a bad feeling about this mission. Luckily, they know how to land a Soyuz and/or a Shenzhou after watching Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Episode 78!


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More stuff:
Alfonso Cuaron on The TreatmentAlfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullock on Charlie RoseSumma This, Summa That - Joseph Susanka's Excellent BlogGravity won some Oscars

Good Story 077: Lord of the Rings (Part 2 of 2)

Feb 20, 2014

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After a brief orc-filled intermission, Julie, Seth, and Scott continue their discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This conversation could not be contained in a single podcast! This is Part 2 of 2. See Episode 76 for Part 1.


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Corey Olsen, The Tolkien ProfessorMichael D.C. DroutRob Inglis, Narrator of the Recorded Book version of Lord of the Ring, on Goodreads



Good Story 076: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Part 1 of 2)

Feb 13, 2014

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Julie and Scott, feeling the heavy weight of the One Ring, happily accept Seth Wilson's kind assistance in a discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This conversation could not be contained in a single podcast! This is Part 1 of 2. See Episode 77 for Part 2.


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Corey Olsen, The Tolkien ProfessorMichael D.C. DroutRob Inglis, Narrator of the Recorded Book version of Lord of the Ring, on Goodreads



Good Story 075: Community

Jan 23, 2014

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And so it was that Julie and Scott began to describe themselves walking, and as they described themselves walking so did Abed confirm they walked. At the end of the walking, they sit down to some chicken fingers in the cafeteria and talk about Community. Episode 75! Cool cool cool.


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Dan Harmon's Blog: Remedial Chaos Theory from the writer's roomDan Harmon on Story Structure

Good Story 074: Muscle Shoals

Jan 9, 2014

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Julie and Scott can't define "funky", but they know it when they hear it. Muscle Shoals is a terrific documentary about music, creativity, and life, and it's the subject of Episode 74.


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More stuff:
Official Movie Site for Muscle ShoalsFAME Music Studio in Muscle Shoals
Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances
 
 

Good Story 073: Unholy Night

Nov 28, 2013

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Julie and Scott escape from prison and meet a very nice couple and their newborn baby. But there's just something about that baby... Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith.


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More stuff:
The Official Site of Seth Grahame-Smith - Warning: Contains Pride and Prejudice. And zombies.



Good Story 072: Lincoln

Nov 14, 2013

Description:



Julie and Scott watch Lincoln, which is about a guy that used to be the President of the United States and not a Tom Hanks movie about a large hilarious dog named "Lincoln". (The dog you're thinking about is named "Hooch".) Friend of the podcast Tamahome is mentioned, but Johnny Depp is not. And Daniel Day-Lewis? Brilliant.


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Good Story 071: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Oct 31, 2013

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Julie can't sleep because of the incessant pounding while Scott won't let Mrs. Dudley clear the table. Both are terrified while they discuss The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.


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More stuff:
The Lottery at Forgotten ClassicsShirley Jackson at WikipediaAdd The Haunting of Hill House to your Goodreads pile.



Good Story 070: Pan's Labyrinth

Oct 17, 2013

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Julie and Scott know that this stuff is real. Look to the chalk! They talk about the fantastic Pan's Labyrinth, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro.


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Guillermo del Toro's workspace.Guillermo del Toro on IMDB.

Good Story 069: World War Z

Oct 3, 2013

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Julie and Scott remedy the complete lack of zombies in recent podcasts by talking about World War Z (both the movie and the book). Other training films are mentioned.


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Max Brooks' websiteWorld War Z Venn DiagramFr Barron's commentary on World War ZJulie's review of World War Z: The Movie



Good Story 068: Galaxy Quest

Sep 20, 2013

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Julie thinks the aliens are *SO* cute, but Scott knows that in a second they're gonna get mean, and they're gonna get ugly somehow, and there's gonna be a million more of them. Galaxy Quest (1999) is the topic of Good Story #68.


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William Shatner's The Captains

Good Story 067: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Sep 5, 2013

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In this episode, Julie and Scott discuss The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, a book that deserves to be read more than once in your life.


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More stuff:
Peter Kreeft on The Problem of Evil and SufferingC.S. Lewis: The Problem of Pain


Good Story 066: Ushpizin

Aug 22, 2013

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Julie and Scott take leave to visit Malli and Moshe. They like to think they have more manners than the Ushpizin in this excellent film. Ushpizin (2004), written by Shuli Rand, directed by Giddi Dar.


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Ushpizin at IMDBJoseph Susanka's review of Ushpizin at Crisis Magazine, June 6, 2008

Good Story 065: Kirinyaga

Aug 8, 2013

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Join Julie and Scott as they drop everything and head to Kirinyaga. Koriba said it would be pretty great. Episode 65 - Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick.


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Mike Resnick's website


Good Story 064: Apollo 13

Jul 25, 2013

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Julie was busy in the LEM when Scott stirred the tanks. The rest is history! Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard, is the subject of Good Story Episode 64.


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More stuff:
From Universe Today, a post from 2008 that shows several pictures of the Earth and Moon from various craft. Just last week, the Saturn orbiter Cassini took this picture, and here are two pictures of the Earth, one from Mercury and one from Saturn.


Good Story 063: The Case of the Missing Servant

Jul 12, 2013

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Episode 63 finds Julie and Scott in India searching for good nicknames. Bookmark goes undercover as a maid, while Popcorn is outside drinking tea from a crumpled paper cup. They both enjoyed The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall.

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More stuff:
Tarquin Hall's websiteLagaanMonsoon WeddingBride and PrejudiceThe Namesake (another good movie about Indians ... and the American immigrant experience)


Good Story 062: The Magnificent Seven

Jun 27, 2013

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Scott's all in black, with panther-like grace. Julie practices knife throwing. They both deal in lead, friend. Lead and talking about The Magnificent Seven, that is.



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The Magnificent Seven on IMDB


Good Story 061: The Demolished Man

Jun 13, 2013

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Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun in episode #61! Julie and Scott discuss The Demolished Man (1953) by Alfred Bester.

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More stuff:
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, wikipedia entryThe SFFaudio Podcast #064: The Stars My Destination - Julie and Scott both participated in this discussion of The Stars My Destination, also by Alfred Bester


Good Story 060: I, Robot

May 30, 2013

Description:



Julie adopts a cat. Scott eats some pie. Will Smith takes a shower. They all try to ask the right questions. Alex Proyas' "I, Robot" is discussed. Asimov is mentioned, and Harlan Ellison, and Star Trek Into Darkness, and 12 Angry Men.

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I, Robot (the book) by Isaac AsimovI, Robot (the Illustrated Screenplay) by Harlan Ellison. The movie that was never made. Would have been a good one!Helen O'Loy by Lester del Rey ... NOT in Asimov's "I, Robot." No wonder Scott didn't recall it.

Good Story 059: Jesus of Nazareth

May 16, 2013

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The great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought?

The answer is very simple: God.... He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about our origin and destiny: faith, hope and love. It is only because of our hardness of heart that we think this is too little. Yes indeed, God's power works quietly in this world, but it is the true and the lasting power. Again and again, God's cause seems to be in its death throes. Yet over and over again it proves to be the thing that truly endures and saves.
-- Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth

In this episode, Julie and Scott take a quick swim to the deep end of the pool (where all the cool kids hang out) to talk theology. The subject is Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, written by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).

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Jesus of Nazareth on Goodreads


Good Story 058: Of Gods and Men

May 2, 2013

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Julie and Scott talk about Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. What a film it is!

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More stuff:   Of Gods and Men on IMDBThe Monks of Tibhirine

Good Story 057: The Night Watch

Apr 18, 2013

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Good and evil, collective good vs. individual good - these are some of the themes in Sergei Lukyanenko's The Night Watch. And vortexes. And some body switching. And vampires, werewolves, magic... urban fantasy, straight from Russia! Scott and Julie discuss the book.

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Sergei Lukyanenko's discontinued blogSergei Lukyanenko's website
Many years ago someone told me something that I flatly refused to accept. And I still don't accept it now, despite all the times I've seen it proved right. "The common good and the individual good rarely coincide..." Sure, I know, it's true. But some truths are probably worse than lies.-- Sergei Lukyanenko, The Night Watch

Good Story 056: Be Kind, Rewind

Apr 4, 2013

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In Episode 56, Julie and Scott talk Be Kind, Rewind - a movie directed by Michel Gondry that stars Jack Black and Mos Def. Don't worry - they rewound it for you. Let them know if the tape is blank, and they'll see what they can do.

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More stuff:   Michel Gondry on IMDBThe SFFaudio Podcast #44: The First One with Professor Rabkin

Good Story 055: Parable of the Sower

Mar 21, 2013

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Julie and Scott wander around in another failed civilization, this time with Lauren Olamina, who luckily has come up with her very own religion. We also talk a bit about the Pope and Tostitos. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.

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TostitosScott talked about this excellent DVD: Understanding Sunday Mass: A Kid's Point of ViewSome stuff about Octavia E. ButlerWikipedia says that SolSeed is a social movement inspired by Earthseed, the fictional religion presented by the main character in this book.Hey, look! A Pope!
O God, who in your providential design willed that your Church be built upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles, look with favor, we pray, on Francis our Pope and grant that he, whom you have made Peter's successor, may be for your people a visible source and foundation of unity in faith and of communion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Good Story 054: The Godfather

Mar 7, 2013

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Julie and Scott watch The Godfather. There's no way that they would ever write an intro to this podcast in which they mention "an offer you can't refuse". Nope. Won't do that. (WARNING: This podcast contains almost no Marlon Brando impersonations, and only one Tamahome mention.)

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Good Story 053: Jurassic Park

Feb 21, 2013

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Julie and Scott talk about Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton without once saying "hold onto your butts". They note that the Hammond in the book is not a very nice guy. After discussing the book, they bounce off the path and talk about education and our beloved Pope. Then the raptors chase them off.

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Sandra Tayler at onecobble.com: Structuring Life to Make Room for CreativityTED Talk: Aaron O'Connell: Making Sense of a Visible Quantum Object.TED Talk: Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity

Good Story Podcast is Finalist in 2013 About.Com Awards

Feb 20, 2013

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Now this is fun! And exciting!

A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast is a finalist in the 2013 About.com Catholicism Awards.

And I like their description:
Rather than create a podcast about Catholic books and movies, Julie Davis and Scott D. Danielson discuss classic books and movies "as Catholics."
They get us! They really get us! (Ok, no more channeling Sally Fields...)

I saw we are in there with Fr. Barron, Pray-As-You-Go (a regular listen of min) and other big podcasts I admire. What honorable company Scott and I have risen to!

We haven't a chance, but we're the only one of our sort. Mostly. iPadre being a different sort of conversation. (That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!)

Perhaps we'll get some folks dropping by to try us out though, which would be the best! We can always do with new book-and-movie lovin' pals.

Check it out, and be sure to look at the other categories too. The blogs, books, and suchlike that I recognize are top-notch. Which means I'm definitely going to be checking out the ones I don't know.

And vote ... of course ... definitely vote.

I don't want to have to bring the Hypno-Toad out for this one. But you know. I'll do what I have to.

Good Story 052: Mostly Martha

Feb 7, 2013

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Julie and Scott made this podcast using a recipe that has been in their families for centuries. They made it especially for all of you. To not listen is... impossible. Mostly Martha is the subject, a German film from 2001 written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Scott is pretty sure that the last movie he saw in German was Das Boot. This one is not much like that one.

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Good Story 051: Introduction to the Devout Life

Jan 24, 2013

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Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? Episode 51.

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Introduction to the Devout Life on GoodreadsFind the whole book here...

Good Story 050: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Jan 10, 2013

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Julie and Scott travel the universe, telling civilizations to stop shooting at them. Scott's robot suit is starting to chafe. The Day the Earth Stood Still - the awesome 1951 version, not the why-did-they-make-this 2008 version.

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Our first duty, therefore, precisely in order to heal this world, is to be holy, configured to God; in this way we emanate a healing and transforming power that also acts on others, on history. ... In this regard, it is useful to reflect that the Twelve Apostles were not perfect men, chosen for their moral and religious irreproachability. They were indeed believers, full of enthusiasm and zeal but at the same time marked by their human limitations, which were sometimes even serious. Therefore Jesus did not call them because they were already holy, complete, perfect, but so that they might become so, so that they might thereby also transform history, as it is for us, as it is for all Christians.
-- Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Port of Brindisi, Italy (June 15, 2008)Patricia Neal's Catholic storyAnd her obit, which highlights her stand against abortion.

Good Story 049: The Hobbit

Dec 20, 2012

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Julie and Scott lose track of time as they close out the second year of Good Story with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Julie finds remarkable meaning in it, while Scott forgets the name of every actor he's ever seen. In glorious 48fps 3D! Good Story, Episode 49.

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Free lectures from Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor!Stuff for your pocketses at ThinkGeek.

Good Story 048: The Paper

Dec 6, 2012

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It's never going to be that one big moment; it's going to be a bunch of small ones. Julie and Scott experience the mayhem of a day at a tabloid newspaper in New York City, and learn a lot on the way. The Paper, directed by Ron Howard, starring Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close.

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Ron Howard on IMDB

Good Story 047: Bleak House

Nov 22, 2012

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Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog at Julie's house, fog at Scott's place. Fog. The fog doesn't stop Julie and Scott from discussing Bleak House by Charles Dickens. The risk of overwhelming deportment doesn't stop them either. Episode 47.

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FANTASTIC audio version from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher

Good Story 046: Heroines, Past and Present

Nov 8, 2012

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Merida - Brave

Episode 46. A subject much too big for just two people. Joining Julie and Scott for the first "topic" episode of Good Story are Rose Davis, Joseph Susanka, and Heather Ordover. The topic? Heroines, Past and Present - heroines in YA fiction and films.

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Heather Ordover's Mama O Knits Too Much, and CraftLit - Stick a Book in Your Ear!Rose Davis' Double Exposure blogJoseph Susanka on Twitter, and at Patheos

Good Story 045: The Sixth Sense

Oct 25, 2012

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This is Episode 45, during which Julie and Scott see dead people. They both enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

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M. Night Shyamalan's WebsiteDe profundis clamavi ad te, Domine...

Good Story 044: H.P. Lovecraft

Oct 11, 2012

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

During today's podcast, Julie takes a few moments to explore a hole Scott found next to an ancient stone marker in a graveyard. Despite all that microphone cable, Scott lost contact with her near the end of the podcast... but he's sure she's fine. Episode 44 is about H.P. Lovecraft. Happy October!

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Letter to Clark Ashton Smith, 27 November 1927 by H.P. LovecraftOn Forgotten Classics: Lagniappe 57: The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft, read by Will DuquetteSFFaudio #126 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Statement Of Randolph Carter by H.P. LovecraftSFFaudio #138 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Crawling Chaos by Winifred V. Jackson and H.P. LovecraftSFFaudio #147 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: Pickman's Model by H.P. LovecraftSFFaudio #168 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK: Cool Air by H.P. LovecraftSFFaudio #174 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Temple by H.P. LovecraftSFFaudio #175 - |MP3|-|POST|- AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Outsider by H.P. LovecraftSupernatural Horror in Literature: the essay by H.P. LovecraftSupernatural Horror in Literature: the podcast reading the stories mentioned in the essayCandlemassDirk Maggs

Good Story 043: Mary and Max

Sep 27, 2012

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Somewhere during this podcast, Julie decided she didn't need her imaginary friend Mr. Ravioli any more. Now he just sits in the corner and reads. Scott experiences confuzzlement. Episode 43: Mary and Max, directed by Adam Elliot.

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Confuzzlement Abounds, Julie's review of Mary and Max on Happy CatholicThe Power of Vulnerability, a TED talk by Brené Brown

Good Story 042: The Uncommon Reader

Sep 6, 2012

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

In Episode #42, Julie and Scott discover reading. Turns out it's kind of meaningful and fun. Who knew? The Queen didn't, but does now according to The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. At the end of the podcast, Julie talks a bit about the 2012 Catholic New Media Conference!

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Goodreads!Alan Bennett and The Uncommon Reader on GoodreadsThe Catholic New Media ConferenceRoger Ebert's review of The Curators of Dixon School, a documentary edited by Rose (Julie's youngest daughter)A letter a week telling a story of the zombie apocalypse and a romance: Ora et Labora et Zombies Heather Ordover, a generous friend and all-round stand up gal.

Good Story 041: O Brother Where Art Thou?

Aug 23, 2012

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Julie and Scott learn much from Ulysses Everett McGill in the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?. You can't display a toad in some fine restaurants. What it means to be "bona-fide". And what the devil looks like when you meat him at the crossroads. And what does this movie have to do with The Odyssey?

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O Brother Where Art Thou on IMDBRoger Ebert on O Brother Where Art Thou

Good Story 040: The Stand

Aug 9, 2012

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Episode #40 - It's the end of the world again, this time due to a plague. Julie and Scott discuss The Stand by Stephen King. Bumpity bump!

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The C.S. Lewis quote from On Stories: Another very large class of stories turns on fulfilled prophecies--the story of Oedipus, or The Man Who Would Be King, or The Hobbit. In most of them the ver steps taken to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy actually bring it about. It is foretold that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. In order to prevent this from happening he is exposed on mountain: and that exposure, by leading to his rescue and thus to his life among strangers in ignorance of his real parentage, renders possible both the disasters. Such stories produce (at least in me) a feeling of awe, coupled with a certain sort of bewilderment such as one often feels in looking at a complex pattern of lines that pass over and under one another. One sees, yet does not quite see, the regularity. And is there not good occasion for both awe and bewilderment? We have just had set before our imagination something that has always baffled the intellect: we have seen how destiny and free will can be combined, even how free will is the modus operandi of destiny. The story does what no theorem can quite do. It may not be "like real life" in the superficial sense: but it sets before us an image of what reality may well be like at some more central region.Brandywine BooksInspiration for The Stand

Good Story 039: The Quiet Man

Jul 26, 2012

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Julie and Scott join John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in Ireland. "If there is such a thing as a chick flick for guys, this would be it." -- Scott Nehring, Good News Film Reviews

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The Quiet Man on IMDBScott Nehring's review on Good News Film ReviewsShall We Gather at the River? (Roger Ebert's interview of John Wayne)John Ford, John Wayne - Cardiac-Catholic

Good Story 038: Fahrenheit 451

Jul 12, 2012

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Episode #38 - It was a pleasure for Julie and Scott not to burn any books during the recording of this podcast. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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Lagniappe 52: Fahrenheit 451 from Julie's Forgotten Classics podcast.A news story about Fahrenheit 451's publication as an eBook by Simon and Schuster.Jamie Vollmer's List of things that have been added to our public school To Do lists since 1900.Five Popular Forms of Charity (that aren't helping)  from Cracked.com8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to E-Books from Cracked.com

Good Story 037: The Incredibles

Jun 28, 2012

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Julie and Scott discuss The Incredibles, the sixth movie from Pixar. Sparks fly when Julie explains to Scott that napping in front of the TV is NOT a superpower. Scott thinks it should count.

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Pixar!Brad Bird on DirectingThe 22 Rules of Storytelling According to Pixar - Thanks Tam!The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company by David A. PriceBrave New World?: Wrongful birth suit. After-birth abortion and follow-up article. On the Dutch carrying a card to opt out of organ donation, Julie sez: "I may have been misinformed on that since I can't find a link to the article I read. However, here is a piece about countries which have default opt-in organ donation programs, which does include Holland.""A Universe from Nothing" author and Stephen Colbert

Good Story 036: The Killer Angels

Jun 14, 2012

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Episode #36 - Julie and Scott discuss The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Scott learns that Texas is it's own direction, and Julie changes her opinion about Robert E. Lee. Neither is certain where in the timeline to find Lincoln's vampire slaying.

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara on WikipediaMichael Shaara on ISFDB - bibliography of science fiction short stories

Good Story 035: Rear Window

May 31, 2012

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Episode 35 finds Julie, Scott, and Jimmy Stewart watching all of you through binoculars and telephoto lenses. Hitchcock's Rear Window is the subject... isolation, marriage, and murder are the themes.

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Rear Window on IMDB

Good Story 034: Coraline

May 17, 2012

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Episode #34 - Julie and Scott recorded this podcast... someday, maybe, Coraline and a nameless cat will come save them both. In the meantime, they discuss Neil Gaiman's short novel.

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Neil Gaiman has a Mouse Circus of his own...The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1917 and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. From Wikipedia.Circling back to Joss Whedon: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Good Story 033: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

May 3, 2012

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In Episode 33, Julie and Scott welcome guest Heather Ordover of CraftLit and Just the Books. They talk about Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban's chest, and the movie they were in: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

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The Official Star Trek websiteIn-depth reviews or talks that look at literary references, plots, and themes:Paradise Lost and Star TrekCult Movie Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (tons of literary stuff in here)Grand Allusions or Where Many Men Have Gone Before

Good Story 032: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Apr 19, 2012

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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Episode #32 - Julie and Scott finally talk Flannery O'Connor. Misfits, baptisms, and wooden legs. Oh my! We discuss Flannery O'Connor in general and three stories in particular: A Good Man is Hard to Find, The River, and Good Country People.

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A Good Man is Hard to Find, audio version read by the author.
Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction by Flannery O'Connor. And |HERE| is an audio version of that essay, read by the author.
Both of those audio versions are found on blackmarketkidneys.com, a blog.
So Far Away by Staind. Lyrics can be found |HERE|.

Good Story 031: To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Apr 5, 2012

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Episode 31 (even though Scott calls it 41 - ignore him) has Julie and Scott talking about the 1942 film To Be or Not to Be. Turns out that's not the only question, because they end up talking politics.

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The movie, in its entirety, on Hulu.comThe SFFaudio post mentioned in the podcastHere's a bit of the president's warning to the Supreme Court (which is what everyone's calling it now ... a warning):“We are confident this will be upheld, because it should be upheld,” Obama said in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

The U.S. president said it would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” for a majority of the nine justices to overturn a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically–elected Congress.

Rejecting the law would be an example of “judicial activism,” which conservatives like to complain about, he noted, where “an un-elected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”