Phi Fic: A Fiction Podcast
By Nathaniel Hanks, Cezary Baraniecki, Mary Claire, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis
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Phi Fic is a monthly, candid conversation on recommended fiction. We dive into the plot, characters, philosophy, ideas, and best lines, in a discussion full of SPOILERS! Nathan Hanks hosts fellow readers Cezary Baraniecki, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis and Mary Claire, with the occasional guest. Thanks to Christopher Nolen for the music. Phi Fic is a member of the Partially Examined Life podcast network, and originated as the Philosophical Fiction group in PEL's Not School. Recommendations, questions, etc. for firstname.lastname@example.org
||ExplicitPhi Fic #25 “At the Mountains of Madness” by H. P. Lovecraft||“I could not help feeling that they were evil things—mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss." Join Nathan and Laura, with Mark Linsenmayer, Daniel Johnson, and Jennifer Tejada, as we follow H.P.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhiFic #24 “Ulysses” by James Joyce||Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves. –Ulysses For our discussion of this historically difficult but wh||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #23 “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf||This discussion first appeared in our Not School Group and the readers at the time were Nathan, Laura, Daniel, and Dan Johnson. As an early recording, please bear with the sound quality—many thanks! - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.c||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #22 “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf||Listen as Dylan Casey from The Partially Examined Life Podcast joins us to discuss this remarkable novel, in which many scholars believe Woolf found her voice. Written in a stream of consciousness, the plot of the book is written inside the souls,||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #21 “Foe” by J.M. Coetzee||Join us as we delve into Coetzee's rich, complex exploration of story and authorship in this novel that presents an origin story of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Coetzee writes about Susan Barton, a castaway at sea who discovers an island inhabited .||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #20 “Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad||It is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge. –Lord Jim Listen along as we discuss this richly complex novel of responsibility, guilt, shame, and redemption. -||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #19 “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann||To rest in the arms of perfection is the desire of any man intent upon creating excellence… –Death in Venice Join us for our discussion of the extraordinary novella of beauty, desire, and morality. Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #18 “The Trouble with Being Born” by E.M. Cioran||“This very second has vanished forever, lost in the anonymous mass of the irrevocable. It will never return. I suffer from this, and I do not. Everything is unique—and insignificant.” –Emil Cioran Join us as we dive into this beautiful work of n||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #17 “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino||"The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it..."||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #16 Stories by Clarice Lispector||Our chinwag this time concerns two works by the remarkable Clarice Lispector, the novella The Hour of the Star and the short story “The Departure of the Train.” Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #15 “The State of the Art” by Iain M. Banks||This time, we talk about a novella in the late, great Iain M. Banks’s famed Culture sci-fi series, which is centered around a utopian, post-scarcity society that spans various planets (and other habitats) within the Milky Way galaxy.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #14 “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov||For this month's episode, we discuss Isaac Asimov's famous short story that (repeatedly) asks the question: Can we find a way to reverse entropy? Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #13 “The House of the Dead” by Fyodor Dostoevsky||This time, the group discusses The House of the Dead, Dostoevsky's semi-autobiographical novel about life in a labor camp. Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #12 Stories by James Baldwin||For this month's reading we chose two short stories by James Baldwin: “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon” and “Sonny’s Blues.” Both stories are included in the collection Going to meet the Man (1965). Unfortunately,||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #11 “The Body Artist” by Don DeLillo||Our book this time is The Body Artist by Don Delillo, an absorbing look at Lauren, a performance artist, and her experience of loss at her husband's death. Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #10 “The Fall” by Albert Camus||We discuss the novel about what you do when you're "called" and how you live afterward. You can listen along while Cezary, Daniel, Laura, Mary, and Nathan discuss The Fall by Albert Camus, which Sartre claimed was "perhaps the most beautiful and the l.||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #9 “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoevsky||We discuss the poem within The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #8 “Erewhon” by Samuel Butler||For this month's discussion, Daniel had us read Erewhon by Samuel Butler. We had a discussion that we all enjoyed much more than reading the book. - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #7 “The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft||"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." —H.P. Lovecraft - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #6 “The Beast in the Jungle” by Henry James||Join the Phi Fic group for a discussion of The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James. - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #5 “Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov||So, you think Lolita was Nabokov’s best? We humbly submit a solid contender. Structured as a 999-line poem followed by an extensive afterword and index, Pale Fire has been described by the critic Harold Bloom as “the surest demonstration of [Nabokov||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #4 “Grendel” by John Gardner||The group discusses the novel Grendel by John Gardner. Nathan Hanks is joined by Cezary Baraniecki, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis, and Mary Claire. - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #3 “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley||We talk about the novel by Mary Shelly, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Nathan Hanks hosts fellow readers Cezary Baraniecki, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis, Mary Claire, and special guest Wes Alwan from the Partially Examined Life. -||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #2 “The Moviegoer” by Walker Percy||We talk about the novel The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. Nathan Hanks is joined by Cezary Baraniecki, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis, and Mary Claire. - Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #1 “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka||The first "official" episode of the new Phi Fic podcast! (What used to be the Not School Philosophical Fiction group, now gone public.) We talk about the short story In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka. The crew: Nathan Hanks, Cezary Baraniecki,||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhi Fic #0 “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy||In which we talk about the novel Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. This origin/zero-episode is taken from an older (2013) recording of the Philosophical Fiction group, before our current group of readers got together.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the conversation, the jokes, the selections and the whole production in general. Excellent.
Discussions are Fantastic - Please no reader monotone.
I really enjoy the selections of books and discussions. The only thing that drives me crazy is that, when reading passages from the books, dear god use some voice variation. The monotone kills me. And one of you, I think has “actor” in your profile. I’m not expecting a dramatic reading, but emphasis and tone is important in trying to convey an idea - especially when the audio is not ideal.
I cringe with the droning when you read from some of my favorite books.
I won't say your name but please... quit.
I love the idea of this podcast. A book group discussing notable works of literature. When the Partially Examind Life promoted the podcast I subscribed immiediately. However, in my opinion, the podcast has a major flaw. The problem is that the group seems lop-sided. The majority of the contributers come across as deep critical thinkers and offer interesting insights but others bring the conversation to a halt with jokes or questions not on the level with the other contributors. I find it very disctracting. Right when things get interesting someone else ruins the level of sophistication that was building.
I still gave this podcast 3 stars because I love the concept and I do appreciate some of the thinkers here. And, I want to be positivie - I appreciate their efforts! Thank you!! But, I hope going forward, the group edits itself to ensure the conversation maintains a consistent level of sophistication in the discussion.