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49 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
Interview: Aaron Damiani on Deconstruction and Liturgical Practices
Matt sits down at the digital pub table with guest Aaron Damiani, an Anglican pastor in Chicago, to talk about how things like deconstruction and liturgies fit into God's story and how they might even be able to help us understand God's story and our own stories a little better. Aaron shares some of his own story, which he shares in his most recent book, Earth Filled With Heaven. Earth Filled with Heaven, by Aaron Damiani: https://www.moodypublishers.com/earth-filled-with-heaven/
57 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
It's Never Too Late for Art
Is anyone too old to create art? What about too young? Or maybe just too untalented? Matt, Mandy, and Evangeline sit down to discuss who, if anyone, shouldn't be creating art. They also recall their own artistic endeavors as youngsters and bring up artistic mediums they want to try.
51 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Interview: Teaching Drama with Nancy Holaday
Mandy and Evangeline sit down at Anselm's digital pub table to talk with Mandy's long-time friend Nancy about her experience as a drama teacher. Nancy waxes eloquent about the value of performing Shakespeare, her aversion to changing dialogue without the playwright's permission, and shares her experience teaching Shakespeare to inmates in a state prison.
84 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
Heraldry: Story through Symbols
For longer than he'd care to admit, Matt has been designing an official coat of arms for the Anselm Society Arts Guild. After explaining the heraldic creatures he chose, he discusses the history and purpose of heraldry with Mandy and Christina. The three of them explore the ways that heraldry can describe what the Arts Guild is, where it came from, and what it aspires to be.
65 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Wanting to Doubt Shakespeare
For centuries, Shakespeare has been widely accepted as the greatest writer in our language's history. For much of that time, maverick thinkers have argued that William Shakespeare didn't actually write his plays. One of those maverick thinkers is Mandy’s daughter, Bethany. She joins the table for a no-holds-barred debate with Matt about the authorship of Shakespeare. After the dust settles, the hosts explore the reasons why so many people feel compelled to doubt Shakespeare.
53 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
Finding Meaning in Time
What is time, and how does time work in the context of story? As part of Anselm’s “Why We Create” series, our own Jane Scharl wrote an amazing essay on the nature of time. At the pub table, Matthew and Mandy use that article as a launchpad for discussing the use of time in fiction.
73 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Interview: What Makes a Children's Story Timeless?
Sometimes, a beloved book or movie from childhood means just as much to you as an adult. Other times, going back to childhood stories makes you cringe. Why are some children's stories timeless, while others are time-bound? And can knowing the difference inform the stories we share with the kids in our lives? To answer these questions, Matthew goes to a trusted authority on children's stories: his wife, Danielle.
58 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Pub Night: Smith of Wooton Major
At the Anselm Society's May Pub Night, author Leslie Bustard presents her retelling of JRR Tolkien's story Smith of Wooton Major. Later, Leslie and Matt discuss the story's theme of enchantment.
46 minutes | May 31, 2022
Interview: Only the Lover Sings
Matthew Clark is both a singer/songwriter, and an Anselm Society Advisor. He joins the table to talk about his brand-new project: Only the Lover Sings. It's both an album and a book of essays, all centered around the woman at the well. Matthew shares how this story inspired the project, and why it has captured his imagination.
52 minutes | May 23, 2022
Fae or Not Fae?
We talk all the time about Faerie Stories (Fairy Stories? Faeree Stories?). But what are they? The hosts discuss the elements of proper Faerie stories, as well as the value of Faerie for Christians. Then our resident Faerie expert, Evangeline, evaluates popular "Fairy Stories" to determine: is it Fae, or not Fae?
45 minutes | May 18, 2022
Interview: Bandersnatch Classics
Our friends at Bandersnatch Books stop by the table to share their upcoming project: Bandersnatch Classics. They're taking underappreciated classics in the public domain, and giving them the beautiful reprinting they deserve. The Bandersnatch team discusses the value of reading old novels, and the enduring appeal of their first Bandersnatch Classic: Understood Betsy.
57 minutes | May 10, 2022
Roundtable: Heaven in Art
Over the centuries, lots of artists have tried to portray heaven. Many (most?) have failed. What's the best way to tell the story of heaven? Is there even an effective way? The co-hosts examine examples of heaven in art to find out.
53 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
Pub Night: The Secret Garden
At the Anselm Society's April Pub Night, Anselm's Elizabeth Bristol Clayton presents her retelling of The Secret Garden. Later, Elizabeth and Matt discuss the story's theme of resurrection.
60 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
Subcreating in Subcreations
When an imagined world grows successful enough, other storytellers create their own stories in it. Some are great. Some are...not so much. The hosts share their favorite examples of stories told within other artists' stories, as well as the characterstics that make them successful.
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Learning the Catherine Project Way
Education expert Kreigh Knerr is on the Catherine Project's board of advisors. He joins the pub table to discuss the Catherine Project's innovative approach to education. They've launched a wide selection of Great Books reading groups taught by renowned scholars--for free! Kreigh explains how the Catherine Project helps students embrace their role as sub-creators. He also tells the listeners how they can enroll in the Catherine Project's next slate of courses.
57 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
How to Find Creative Ideas
Everyone has times when they need to come up with a creative new idea. But how do you do that? The hosts discuss different ways to help spark creativity. They also share stories of how famous artists got their best ideas.
46 minutes | Apr 2, 2022
Pottery (and Watercolors) in the Time of COVID
Anselm potter Nancy Soderstrom joins the table to talk about pottery, watercolors, and COVID. A talented potter, Nancy found herself cut off from her pottery studio because of COVID. So she took up watercolors and--surprise!--became good at that too. Nancy shares her approaches to art and prayer, and how they both encouraged her to keep creating beauty in difficult times.
37 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Pub Night: St. Brigid's Cloak
At the Anselm Society's March Pub Night, our own Evangeline Denmark presents her retelling of the legend of St. Brigid's Cloak. Later, Evangeline and Matt discuss St. Brigid's role in both Irish Christianity and Irish mythology, and the best ways to approach these saintly stories.
53 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
How to Notice Great Photography
Photographer Elizabeth Bristol Clayton joins the table to talk all things photographry. She explains how to approach the world like a photographer, and how to plan a fine art piece. She even gives Matt and Mandy advice for taking iPhone pictures that actually look good.
58 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Short Stories vs Novels
Are short stories just tiny novels, or are they a whole different medium? Elizabeth Childs is the perfect author to ask. She's regularly publishing short stories while working on her novel. She joins the table to discuss the many ways that short stories differ from novels, and the qualities to look for in effective short stories.
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