Monday

Anticipation

I’m 46, and I’ve always tended to read a lot, yet I don’t think I’ve ever eagerly awaited a new book. Sure, I mostly read dead guys–Chesterton, Belloc, Guardini, Voegelin, Nock–so it’s not surprising, but still: you’d think that, at some point in my life, I would’ve been geeked about a forthcoming book. My current anticipation of Nassim Taleb’s new book, Antifragile, is a new sensation for me. I’ve been waiting for it since last spring and now I’m just a day away. It’s pre-ordered and will be downloaded as soon as it comes off the digital press.

It will come at a good time. I’ll have a lot more reading time now that my garden is completely put to bed for the winter. I finished it yesterday. Just as I was adding the last scraps of compost and cleaning the last of the containers, I was finishing the last episode of The History of Rome podcast: 74 hours and 600,000+ words. The end of the podcast and end of the gardening season gave me a good, poetic, feeling, even if my fingers were numb from washing dirt from the containers. I’m not sure what podcast I’ll listen to next. Duncan says he’s going to launch a new one, and he also recommends 12 Byzantine Rulers. I’ve downloaded a handful of episodes of the Byzantine podcast. We’ll see how I like it.

I’ve long considered putting together my own podcast series. It wouldn’t be anything nearly as ambitious as Duncan’s History of Rome, but rather a series of 20-minute podcasts (the perfect length, in my opinion) about episodes in Catholic Church history. I’ve searched for good Church history podcasts, and I simply can’t find any. I think I’d find such a project edifying, but at this point, I don’t even own the podcast hardware. I was asked to do podcasts with Mark Shea about five years ago (not together, but as part of a team), but I choked on the $300 hardware price tag. Maybe the prices have come down. If anyone knows anything about podcasting, I’d love to hear from you.

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One Response to Monday

  1. Frank says:

    The History of Rome podcast was a great experience. I listened to each and every one and often several times over. I would like to plug Joseph Hogarty’s ‘Europe from its Origins’ another exceptional series with a deliberate and balanced hand.
    I would be very interested in Church History podcasts that were done well. There are some that refer to Church History and are rather poor, too little history and too much rhetoric or using Church History as a way to justify the aberration that somehow it spawned.