A lot of the work of MARS HILL AUDIO involves bibliographic scouting missions. We often hear from our listeners that they would never have known about a particular book if they hadn’t heard our interview with the author.
But for every author we interview, there are dozens of books, articles, websites, and blog postings that help inform our editorial decisions. This page is a way we can pass some of that knowledge on to you. We also feature information and commentary about various events, as well as reports of the subsequent activities (published and otherwise) of previously interviewed authors.
If you haven't already, be sure to peruse our topical index and our guest index for excellent resources that are often cross-referenced to Journal issues and other MARS HILL AUDIO content. A full catalog of our audio resources is available here.
All of the guests on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal
contribute to a critique of contemporary culture. Historians, artists, philosophers, bioethicists, sociologists, the accumulated wisdom of all their comments indicates that, despite the persistence and gracious epiphanies of goodness and beauty and truth, contemporary culture is structurally alienated from the transcendent. . . . [Read more
Back in December, we alerted our listeners to the arrival of Children of Men
in theaters, and provided listeners to our podcast
some archival interviews with Ralph Wood and Alan Jacobs about the P. D. James novel on which the film was based (and about Baroness Phyllis more generally). We also produced an Audio Reprint
of a Ralph Wood article about P. D. James's writing. . . . [Read more
Art critic Jed Perl (writing in the February 5, 2007 issue of The New Republic
) observes that "We have entered the age of laissez-faire aesthetics." The ruling assumption of this age is that "any experience that anyone can have with a work of art is equal to any other." . . . [Read more
"Hope for the future rests on the double certitude of man's frailty as well as his promise. These two certainties are interwoven opposites. To deny man's frailty leads to utopia. To deny his promise makes the certainty of his frailty lead to cynicism or inflexibility. A humanity that is marked by its failings can cling to hope only if it also carries within itself potentialities that are yet to be achieved." . . . [Read more