New Look, New Website, and New Episode!!
The Virtue Blog
by Jennifer A Frey
9M ago
Dear followers: I’m very grateful for the following that I have managed to cultivate over the years on this humble wordpress site. However, this site will cease to exist soon, so I want to make sure that everyone gets re-directed to the new home of the Sacred and Profane Love podcast. You can now find us here: Main home Please make sure to bookmark the new site and subscribe for updates–and I hope you love the new look and format as much as I do. Please don’t forget to consider supporting our work on Patreon. You can become a monthly patron for just 2 bucks a month! https://www.patreon.com ..read more
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Episode 47: Justin E.H. Smith on Suttree
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by Jennifer A Frey
11M ago
In this episode, I speak with the philosopher, podcaster, and substacker extraordinaire, Justin E.H. Smith about Cormac McCarthy’s fourth novel, Suttree.  We were both struck by how different this novel is from McCarthy’s later, more famous works—both in its style and in its literary ambitions. We resist the common temptation to read McCarthy as a nihilist; we puzzle over the beginning and the end of the novel, and how they relate to one another; and quite generally we just had a great time trying to figure out what McCarthy was up to in this beautiful and somewhat mystifying novel about ..read more
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Episode 46: Katy Carl
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I speak with Katy Carl, who is the editor in chief of Dappled Things and also the author of As Earth Without Water, to discuss Henry James’s novella, Washington Square and R.R. Reno’s essay, Duty, the Soul of Beauty. After a great deal of back and forth, we come to the conclusion that what the novella shows is that mere duty, in absence of well ordered loves and the habits of attention that come with it, can be a destructive force in family and social life. As always, I hope you enjoy our conversation. Katy Carl is the editor-in-chief of Dappled Things and the author of the n ..read more
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Episode 45: Roosevelt Montas on Great Books and Intellectual Transformation
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I am joined by Professor Roosevelt Montas to discuss his new book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed my Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation. Montas, a Dominican born American academic, makes the compelling case that study of the Great Books is potentially transformative, especially for students from working class communities or who are members of historically marginalized communities. Montas further argues that the future of the Humanities in this country does not lay primarily in specialized research but in undergraduate education–particularly in gener ..read more
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Episode 44: The Tragic Abyss with Dr. Kevin Kambo
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Kevin Kambo about Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, in light of an essay by Louise Cowan titled “The Tragic Abyss.” Cowan argues that tragedy is “a liturgical confrontation of a deep seated dread which, when brought to light, can be borne only through the medium of poetic language.” We discuss the nature of the tragic, which always involves a moment of “unmasking” and a peering into the dark abyss; we discuss what tragic wisdom is and how you could possibly gain it; and we try to grapple with the question of how our grasp of the tragic changes when we shift our perspec ..read more
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The Closing of the American Mind with Brad Carson
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I speak with the president of the University of Tulsa, Brad Carson, about Allen Bloom’s infamous book, The Closing of the American Mind. Brad and I ultimately decide that while we like some of Bloom’s key ideas about what a university is for, we do not love the book itself, which has some serious flaws (though we may differ slightly about what we think those flaws are). As always, I hope you enjoy our conversation. Brad Carson is The University of Tulsa’s 21st president. Having built a distinguished career in public service, law and education, before becoming president of TU ..read more
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The Permanent Crisis with Chad Wellmon
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this patrons only episode I speak with Chad Wellmon about his new book, Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age.  I hope you enjoy our conversation and many thanks for your continued support for the podcast!  We are currently working on a major redesign of our website and our patreon site…so stay tuned to this space in the New Year for some exciting new things! Patrons can stream the full episode with the link below! https://www.patreon.com/posts/59058188 List of books and media mentioned in the podcast are coming soon ..read more
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Sacred and Profane Love Episode 42: Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I speak with professor of theology Fritz Bauerschmidt about Graham Greene’s novel, The Heart of the Matter. We discuss the moral psychology of sin, and how it is that human beings are able to knowingly act against their own good (in this case: knowingly and deliberatively choose their own eternal damnation). How can someone find what is evil good? The answer in this case is a deft exploration of the interplay between pride and pity, self-deception and self-conceit. As always, I hope you enjoy our conversation! Frederick C. Bauerschmidt is Professor of Theology at Loyola Unive ..read more
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Sacred and Profane Love Episode 41: James Baldwin is Bringing the Fire with Dr. Cornel West
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
I am pleased to share a very special episode of Sacred and Profane, our first episode recorded in front of a live audience, and with the amazing Dr. Cornel West! The context for this episode is that the Classic Learning Test (which has sponsored several episodes this season, and on whose board of academic advisors I happily serve) held its third annual higher education summit in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland, and invited me to record an episode for the educators who had gathered for three wonderful days to discuss aspects of the summit’s theme: Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the p ..read more
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Sacred and Profane Love Episode 40: The Tragic Vision of Eugene O’Neill
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by Jennifer A Frey
1y ago
In this episode, I speak with the journalist Damon Linker about the Pulitzer prize winning American playwright, Eugene O’Neill. Our conversation mostly centers around A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the semi-autobiographical account of the tortured dynamics within in his own family. We discuss O’Neill’s uniquely Catholic variety of atheism, of how his work resonates with themes from Simone Weil, in her essay, “Literature and Morals,” the difference between a transcendence that orders the self to the good and the transcendence that is ordered towards the obliteration of the self, and finally ..read more
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