E71: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 5 – Propaganda

This is our thirteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We look at the meaning of propaganda, how different people respond to it, how young people and old people resist propaganda differently, history as a means to resist propaganda, and the scary thing about propaganda: it works. There’s a look at how love transforms Winston’s life. It takes superhuman effort merely to remain human.

E67: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 1 Dystopian Love

This is our ninth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. The brown haired girl slips Winston a note in this, one of the most exciting chapters so far. What does the note say? It says, “I LOVE YOU.” That certainly was not what he was expecting, but he can go with that. Love gives you energy from seemingly nowhere, but utopian visions for the future cannot summon the same for themselves. Dystopian futures come from trying to squeeze that out of people who would otherwise prefer to get on with their own lives.

E54: That Hideous Strength, Pt. 5d “Belfry of a Ruinous Church”

This is episode 5 of 5 in a special series on That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis. The fourth part of part five, anyway. Here, we take a leisurely meander through the book to look at what Lewis thinks about the ideal structure of life: a divinely ordered hierarchy, yes, but love from the bottom to the top. The bad guys do not even love each other.

E54: That Hideous Strength, Pt. 5c “Belfry of a Ruinous Church”

This is episode 5 of 5 in a special series on That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis. The third part of part five, anyway. Here, we take a leisurely meander through the book to look at what Lewis thinks about the ideal structure of life: a divinely ordered hierarchy, yes, but love from the bottom to the top. The bad guys do not even love each other.

E54: That Hideous Strength, Pt. 5b “Belfry of a Ruinous Church”

This is episode 5 of 5 in a special series on That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis. The second part of part five, anyway. Here, we take a leisurely meander through the book to look at what Lewis thinks about the ideal structure of life: a divinely ordered hierarchy, yes, but love from the bottom to the top. The bad guys do not even love each other.

E54: That Hideous Strength, Pt. 5a “Belfry of a Ruinous Church”

This is episode 5 of 5 in a special series on That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis. The first part of part five, anyway. Here, we take a leisurely meander through the book to look at what Lewis thinks about the ideal structure of life: a divinely ordered hierarchy, yes, but love from the bottom to the top. The bad guys do not even love each other.

E31: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Pt. 3 “Scores of Times, Anyway”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick. We look at the theme of love in the book. When love is not there, there is something to the effect of love scurvy: you don’t die, but funny things start to happen. Love breaks down boundaries, but now all boundaries. The police state upholds law and order, law and order can’t be broken, but can people develop the right sort of love with a police state in operation?