Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Few Fun Things

SFFaudio Podcast: Fall of the House of Usher

We had an engrossing discussion of one of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous stories. I have to say that until I read it for this podcast I simply hadn't appreciated Poe's genius. Listen here.

Catholic Catechism: Stephen Colbert and Father James Martin

If you're Catholic it don't get much better than this!

Why "Star Trek" — And Mr. Spock — Matters

"I have been, and shall ever be, your friend" Mr. Spock says to Captain Kirk in that greatest of all Star Trek films, The Wrath of Khan. (For more on that movie, we talked about it in 2012 on A Good Story is Hard to Find.)

I think that's how a lot of us felt about Mr. Spock. He was the one we copied. When I was a kid I painstakingly learned to do the Vulcan hand sign with both hands and practiced until I could raise either eyebrow interrogatively. Something about Mr. Spock spoke to us. And something about the whole show did.

I was sorry to see earlier this week that Leonard Nimoy died and pray that he rests in peace in God's presence. I liked Steven D. Greydanus's piece on Spock and Star Trek as a fan and as a Catholic. You can find it here.


  1. Wow, Colbert really does know his Catholicism.

    As to "The fall of the House of Usher," I'm heading over to listen. I always liked this story, but on re-reading it last year I was just blown away at how great a story it is. I don't usually like Poe's work but that one is treuly one of the all time great stories. I actually wrote two lengthy blog posts on my analysis of it. If anyone is interested you can read them here:
    Read Part 1 first.

    1. Oh I forgot to mention Spock. My prayers for the repose of Leonard Nimoy's soul. He brought joy to people in this world.