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Jan 27, 2022

Scott and Karl begin discussing the Rule of Saint Benedict, written by the father of Western monasticism. These rules have been used by the Benedictines for 15 centuries and act as a guide for religious communities or anyone wishing to live more simply. 

Karl says, “It’s civilization stuff, it’s not papal stuff....

Jan 20, 2022

Scott and Karl finish their discussion of Volume One of Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative.

The duo agrees, if there was anyone to write about the real Civil War, Shelby Foote was the man to do it. 

Overflowing with color, life, and character, Foote is able to bring a novelist's narrative power to this great...

Jan 13, 2022

This week, Scott and Karl are discussing Volume One of Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative which is largely considered one of the great historical narratives of our century. 

In Karl's words, this is the American Iliad.

Originally published in 1958, Foote spent 20 years writing this classic narrative of the...