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Should a Hermit Like Bob Dylan?
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“A warm and vivid picture of two very different but unexpectedly related countercultural icons in that extraordinary mid-sixties moment of hope and imaginative enlargement. This book enables us to see some of the deep currents of that era and to reacquaint ourselves with two great, unclassifiable figures.” – Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Cantebury Famed contemplative hermit Thomas Merton wrote in his journal in the mid 1960s, ‘Should a hermit like Bob Dylan? He means at least as much to me as some of the new liturgy, perhaps in some ways more. I want to know the guy. I want …Read more »
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