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Kindling the Examined Life.
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051: Montaigne in a Deer Stand: A Roughneck Contemplative on Philosophy, Bon Iver, and Marriage with Michael Perry (Author of Montaigne in Barn Boots)
“I recently tested an electrified pig fencer by grabbing it with my bare hands. As the fibrillations dispersed, I regarded the unit—now pulsing in the grass some fifteen feet distant, where it landed after I spastically flung it—dumbly, then resolved to take the rest of the afternoon off and curl up with the late Michel de Montaigne’s essay, “Of the Inconsistency of Our Actions.” – Michael Perry (opening lines from Montaigne in Barn Boots) Michael Perry is a roughneck contemplative. A term that I am hoping he will half smirk at in self-recognition from his deer stand. We got together …
Rated 5 out of
Been waiting for a podcast like this!
It's early of course, but I am excited about a podcast that takes on the contemplative traditions.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of
Thoughtful without taking itself too seriously
The Contemplify podcast is my latest obsession; it offers thought-provoking, engaging conversations with people engaged in the lifelong project of leading an "examined life," defined broadly and in many different ways.
Host Paul Swanson strikes a beautiful balance in his tone: he is genuinely and sincerely interested in pursuing the Big Questions, while being unpretentious enough to still have a good sense of humor, and recognize that humility is a virtue that is an important part of a quest like this one. I also love that (unlike many interviewers, who just like to hear themselves talk) he actually gives all the interesting people with whom he talks, adequate time to answer his questions. He listens. It makes such a difference, and distinguishes him from SO many other interviewers in the media landscape.
Thank you for this wonderful podcast! It makes my day when I see that a new episode is available.
Date published: 2017-09-01